Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Daily Devotion: The Why of Anger

Bible Reading: Genesis 4:1-8

Key Verse: Verse 6 - “And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?

Key Words: Why art thou wroth?

The fruit of anger comes from three primary seeds planted in our heart.

First, there is the seed of frustration. Martha shows her frustration in John 11:21 when she said to Jesus, “If thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.”

Secondly, there is the seed of humiliation. Jonah was angry with God because he had preached that Nineveh was going to be destroyed, but God repented and now Jonah feels humiliated (see Jonah 4:9).

The third seed is rejection. That was Cain’s problem. He felt rejected by God and that’s why he was angry.

Dr. J. Gregory Mantle tells of a minister friend whose congregation always refused to accept his messages which were Biblically sound. The choir made things worse and he asked the choir to resign. The choir did and persuaded the congregation from taking part in singing on the following Sunday. This continued for many Sundays. One day, sitting dejected on a park bench, the pastor saw a torn newspaper flapping on the ground. It had a message: No man is ever fully accepted until he has, first of all, been utterly rejected. He was comforted, he was rejected for Christ’s sake. The recognition of this fact was the beginning of a most fruitful ministry.

What to do:
✞ Don’t let being rejected make you angry…let it make you better.

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