No Condemnation
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Qnger management

"Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil." - Psalm 37:8

Psalm 37:8 permits us three positive choices that negated three negative choices.

We can make choices in each of these areas:

1. When anger arises, we can refrain from it. Namely, we can deal it out of the predominant place in our decision-making.

2. When wrath seems attractive, we can forsake it. Leave it behind. Give it no voice at the table.

3. When we are drawn toward fretting and stewing, we can decide to stop feeding it; it has no valuable outcome for us or for anyone else.

" The wicked plots against the righteous
and gnashes his teeth at him,
but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
for he sees that his day is coming."
- Psalm 37:12-13 ESV

Now, God is not a mean laugher who delights in anyone's destruction.

Yet, God sees the humor in man's pride and sense of indestructibility. God is our model for a healthy sense of humor when we are surrounded by the bellowing voices of confident evil.

Don't lose your sense of humor at the absurd. God hasn't. He is the original author of slapstick. It comes with a broken heart and tears for those who wander, but He does see the humor in it all as well.

... still reaching out to redeem and reconcile.


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