Rightly or wrongly I get angry and feel hurt by what has occurred.
Reference: You set aside all your wrath and turned from your fierce anger. (Psalm 85:3 NIV)
Explore : I would have to say my family are probably the people who hurt me the most. I guess they have the most opportunity to.
I would have higher expectations of them than others. And I spend the most amount of time with them too!
There are times when I feel really upset by something that has happened. Rightly or wrongly I get angry and feel hurt by what has occurred.
For awhile the pain is strong, but then I get the better of my emotions and start to see clearer through the situation. These are the times when I can either wallow in my emotions or work through my pain to further my relationships.
I wish I could say I always work through my pain but, unfortunately, there are times when I wallow. There are times when I even say to God, “I just want to be angry for a little while longer.”
This is rarely healthy but makes me realise the decision is mine whether I move past something or not.
Application: We all have our own decision as to how we react to something. God is the same.
In Psalm 85 the people rejoice in the decisions God has made in the past.
God could choose to hold onto His anger. He would have much more right to do so than I would. And yet, He chooses a different path.
God goes with love and forgiveness instead of holding onto his anger and pain. May we learn to be more like God when it comes to our relationships.
Prayer: Lord, forgive me when I hold onto my anger. Help me to see the bigger picture and respond more like You would. Amen.
What negative emotion are you holding onto at the moment?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.