Psalms 4:4 In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent. <Selah>
Moments of anger can express our convictions, challenge religious hypocrisy and sometimes stop foolish behavior – but prolonged antagonism is one of the most blinding emotions we must challenge. When anger is used to defend or justify our trouble concerning personal pleasure or emotional comfort it often breeds sin. Anger carried in the heart and mind effects none but the holder – it is impossible to express mercy toward someone we are angry with. We are told to search our hearts – not defend our rights; search our hearts – not sooth our ego; search our hearts – not seek revenge. To be silent certainly means to keep our mouths shut – but it also admonishes us to quiet our thinking so God can reveal what is probably a transforming message to us. Most of our meditative quiet times would be well spent if we humbly ask our Lord if He is pleased with our thoughts and behavior. Faith has far more to do with confidence in Jesus Christ than control of circumstances. If we place a higher value upon being respected and appreciated than our passion to simply honor, trust and obey our Lord we will never find contentment in either one.
Read through the Bible in one year – Mar. 7/Mk. 10:31-52; Deut. 3-4