Words from the Heart for Tuesday June 7th, 2016
Don’t sin by letting anger control you. Think about it overnight and remain silent. Offer sacrifices in the right spirit, and trust the Lord.
Psalm 4:4-5 (NLT)
After a full day, lying down to sleep can be a wonderful gift but a challenging time. Do you have trouble sleeping because you rehearse your day? Come to the Lord. Confess your wrongs from the day. Ask the Lord for mercy for tomorrow. Believe that He will help you to walk in a godly way tomorrow.
This past April, a judge in Edmonton sentenced three members of the city’s Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Club to take an anger management course after they were charged with assault charges following an incident with a rival bikers gang. On February 21, 2014 the Hell’s Angels attacked a Warlocks Motorcycle Club member at his tattoo studio and laundromat in Drayton Alberta. Eduardo Bartolozzi, 36, was handed a 60-day jail sentence to be served on weekends and placed on probation for a year after pleading guilty to assault causing bodily harm. The judge noted that Bartolozzi is no longer involved with the Hells Angels, he is working in Peace River, caring for eight children and helping to feed the needy. The judge told the burly and heavily tattooed trucker he was either a “good actor” or had “changed his life around.”
One of the most destructive forces, perhaps the single most destructive force on earth, is anger. It is the foundation of personal attack and international conflict. It can flare up into road rage, assault and murder. It has led to holocausts and genocide. And for many it marks their lives so much that marriages end, friendships collapse and families suffer. Can anything be done to overcome it? The Bible gives some practical advice. In Psalm 4:4-5 we read “Don’t sin by letting anger control you. Think about it overnight and remain silent. Offer sacrifices in the right spirit, and trust the Lord.” This isn’t the only advice that the Bible gives, but it is good advice. Even the most even-keeled person can lose it when they are overtired. My wife can always tell when I didn’t get enough sleep because I get grumpy. And I’m not alone. So the Psalmist gives some good advice. First, anger is sin, particularly when it controls a person. It causes a person to lash out and say things they don’t mean. There is wisdom in sleeping on whatever it is that is causing you to be angry. First, the sleep will help you cope with whatever it is that is causing the anger. Second, the time to think and pray about it all will allow the Lord to speak into the situation and give clarity. There is wisdom in sleeping on things, when you invite the Lord to give wisdom.
These have been words from the heart.