DRIVEN BY ETERNAL PURPOSE: John 3:15
Theme: GUARDING YOUR HEART Part 3.
Beloved Saints, good morning. Today we look at guarding your heart from anger and bitterness.
Some people are born short or hot tempered. They are easily angered or provoked. Then bitterness follows them to tear them into pieces.
Anger is the great weakness of a strong person. Anger simply means that you are failing to speak, to articulate, to take your time and to reason. Anger is the absence of wisdom at work. Those who stutter, or stammer, easily get angry because they fail to speak. Anger is part of failure.
Strong people have a brave heart and can articulate in any trouble with wisdom and the situation is contained. They are admired.
Others think that the more they get angry the more they are respected. Oh, not at all! It is the more you are sidelined, avoided, and more is hidden around you. You are not loved but people complain against you. You are never respected but sometimes disliked. Anger destroys the righteousness of God.
James 1:20 (AMPC)
For man’s anger does not promote the righteousness God [wishes and requires].
God advises you to be very slow to get angry. Leave hot temperament to the devil. Get the gentle heart of Jesus now.
James 1:19 (AMPC)
Understand [this], my beloved brethren. Let every man be quick to hear [a ready listener], slow to speak, slow to take offense and to get angry.
A great sensible glorious person would always restrain his anger. Many, admire that person. It is like the heart of God. The Lord Jesus was seriously tortured but kept silent till He redeemed all of us.
Proverbs 19:11 (AMPC)
Good sense makes a man restrain his anger, and it is his glory to overlook a transgression or an offense.
I was born very hot tempered but my Mother told me to pray a very simple prayer, daily. “Lord Jesus, take my heart out of me and give me your heart.” It indeed worked! You cannot live a double life, Jesus’ heart and devils heart at the same time.
Guard your heart.
-Don’t pile up issues.
-Speak out in love when things are wrong.
-Learn from the Lord Jesus.
-Pray that God gives you a gentle heart of the Lord Jesus, (Matthew 11:28)
-Don’t keep a record of wrongs, they can burst and spill over all your face.
-Ask God to fill you with the virtue of Love. You will enjoy peace.
Heaven is full of peace and love. Angry and bitter people have no place there. Guard your heart now than never from anger, (Galatians 5:19-21). Crucify your anger.
Pray: Lord God, I surrender my heart to you now. Take away any short temperament and grant me the gentle heart of the Lord Jesus. Remove the heart of stone from me. All demons of anger, leave my heart now! Fill me with the fruit of the Holy Spirit, oh Lord, in Jesus’ Name. Amen!!!
May God bless your day as you live guarding your heart, while seeking and saving the lost souls in love.
Always Love and Prayers,
Archbishop Dr Mark Kambalazaza.