A Call To Reconciliation-part 2
Praise the Lord! and greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, hoping your having a great week, and that you’re enjoying these studies, and I would like to mention that you’re comments are welcome, as I mentioned on Monday that we would pick up part 2 of our study at (Identifying the human bondage-anger) so with that we will begin.
- Identifying The Human Bondage-Anger
As Jesus called out, “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment” (Matthew 5:21), those sitting on the hillside may have given a nice nod. Others may have offered an agreeable “Amen!” Jesus had their attention, and He had them preaching right along with Him. “Amen, Jesus! Murder is wrong!”
However, their self-righteousness lasted for only a brief moment. “But I say unto you,” Jesus continued, “that whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire” (Matthew 5:22).
The tongue is the most dangerous member of the body. James said the tongue is “a fire, a world of iniquity” (James 3:6). In fact, “death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21). The words we say in anger toward another can wound deeply and even kill the individual’s spirit. Words have the ability to rally others to lash out both verbally and physically against certain people who have been targeted.
[One rainy morning a lady in a new jet-black Mercedes circled the local grocery store parking lot looking for a close parking space. She hoped to avoid getting soaked from the rain while walking from her car. As she turned down the middle aisle, she noticed a car just beginning to pull out of the third spot from the door. The lady turned her black Mercedes and headed to the end of the aisle to quickly grab the prized parking spot.
As she got to the now empty spot, she turned on her blinker and began to make preparations to turn into the eight-foot wide space. Suddenly a young twenty-something man in a bright-red sports car zipped into the parking spot ahead of her,
As he parked and got out of the car, he heard the voice of an angry woman yelling at him. “I found that spot first. What gives you the right to jump ahead of me and take it?”
The young man just laughed at her and said, “Because I’m young and quick.” He walked away and was almost at the door of the grocery store when he heard several loud crunching sounds. He turned around to see the lady in the Mercedes continually ramming his car with hers. She poked her head out the window and yelled, “That’s because I’m old and rich!”]
- Causes of Anger
“Anger is a natural, adaptive response to threats caused by both external and internal events. Examples of external triggers are a coworker’s behavior, a traffic jam, or the neighbor’s loud stereo. Internal examples include worrying or brooding about personal problems, as well as memories of traumatic or enraging events”.
When it comes to anger, two triggers seem most prominent: (1) feeling out of control because of external situations and circumstances and (2) being hurt (emotionally or physically).
Feeling out of control. Many times we do not even know what we are feeling when we feel out of control. We can feel confused, hurt, upset, or sad and not realize that what we are feeling is a lack of control. When this is the case, one of the most innate responses is anger. It angers us when we feel incapable of changing our circumstances. when a situation places us “between a rock and a hard place,” we may resort to anger out of feeling stuck.
Being hurt. When someone hurts us, whether physically or emotionally, our natural response is anger. we can relate somewhat to the human condition of feeling helpless and intensely hurt because of the actions of someone else. And when we feel hurt or unable to control our circumstances, we may experience extreme feelings of anger.
The Lord understands human nature because we were made in His image. The Scriptures tell us He became angry.
The psalmist asked, “How long, Lord? wilt thou be angry for ever?” (Psalm 79:5)
In the New Testament, we also find that Jesus became angry. (See Mark 3:5.)
We can assume from these passages the feeling of anger is not sin in and of itself. Anger is simply a normal response to external triggers that bring hurt, pain, disappointment, and a feeling of being out of control.
- Distinguished from Irresponsible Behavior
Although anger is not in itself bad or sinful, uncontrolled anger can lead a person into irresponsible behavior and sin. It is this reality Jesus was referring to when He emphasized our response to anger and how it affects those around us.
“But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire” (Matthew 5:22).
It is not anger alone, but anger directed toward others that Jesus called attention to, un-bridled anger can lead us to hurl insults at people around us and cause us to say things we will later regret.
Depending on how the one being attacked has been raised—whether physically or emotionally abused in the past—that individual perhaps will be scarred from the verbal violence. And according to Jesus, taking part in this type of angry outburst is like committing murder. We must stay under the control of the Holy Ghost when we feel anger rising.
Instead of pacifying our anger through outbursts of anger, we are called to seek reconciliation with the one who has angered us.
- The Transforming Initiative-Be Reconciled
The explanation at the end of the moral message Jesus spoke in Matthew 5 is not a prescription for how to prevent anger, because anger will come. But it is to show how to live in such a way to keep a person from stepping onto a pathway that could lead to uncontrolled anger, which could ultimately lead to murder—the pinnacle of uncontrolled anger.
As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are called to the ministry of reconciliation.
2Co 5:18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
Reconciliation must remain at the top of our priority list when it comes to living in harmony with others. When someone wrongs us, our responsibility is to forgive.
Forgiveness is a choice we are commanded to make. We may not feel like it at first, but if we think forgiveness and choose forgiveness, we will eventually experience a feeling of forgiveness. Jesus tells us that if we do not forgive, we cannot expect to be forgiven.
Mar 11:26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
The truth is that reconciliation should be a pursuit in worship. When we are able to forgive others who have wronged us, we reflect the heart of Jesus Christ. As we yield to seeking reconciliation instead of demanding restitution, we honor the Lord out of a heart of thanksgiving. Because He has forgiven us, we ought also to extend forgiveness to others. This is worship.
When anger surfaces, we have only two choices: control it or let it control us. We do not have to be controlled by anger.We must not let the hardness of our hearts hold us prisoners. Seek reconciliation. Remember the sacrifice Jesus Christ made: laying His life down on the cross, offering forgiveness when we deserved the death He was dying.
Here is the answer. If we really want to please God and honor Him with our lives, then not only do we need an altar, but we also need others. And if we want God to meet us at the altar, then we should make sure we have not done anything to push others out of our lives.
We need to let go of our anger, be reconciled to our brother or sister, and find an altar to be reconciled to the Lord.
Something to think about, do we have a relationship where we need reconciliation in, is there some way we’ve been wronged, is there some anger that still exist, is there some forgiveness that needs to take place to heal a broken relationship?, something to think and especially pray about, having said that the most important relationship we need to make right is the one we have with God! wishing you the best for the rest of the week, and looking forward to being back on Monday with a new study [A Call To Radical Christianity] see you then.