"Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice” - Ephesians 4:31 (NIV).
Most of everyone who has used an electric device is familiar with a small piece of machinery that may cause it to stop working, especially if the current is too high. It is called a fuse. The fuse is an essential part of electrical devices acting as a stop gap to wild currents that may cause the break out of fire.
If say an electric flat iron has been carrying too much heat the fuse may blow up. Likewise when our bodies are loaded with so much heat they too can blow up, if just to release all that energy within.
Anger is one current if one carries it for so long which may render a person's fuse to blow up. Anger is energy that needs to be released. If a person has been going around seething with anger, if not channeled out constructively, in the end they may just blow up.
For that reason, for the good of our lives, we should as the Apostle Paul advises, "get rid of bitterness, rage and anger" which is for our good health. Because we do not live in a perfect world with perfect people there will always be something every now and then to upset any of us. But to live a victorous Christian life we must learn to practice the habit of forgiveness instead of holding on to that anger.
Of course sharing is also helpful, but where that avenue is not available, then do forgive as you have been forgiven! "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you" (Ephesians 4: 32).
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I free myself of all anger and bitterness, to live a completely victorous life in you, this I pray in Jesus's name.
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“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”- (Philippians 4:6).
Perhaps you have heard of a certain old magical trade known as mind reading. According to this trade which has been around for millenniums and has its share of tricksters, mind readers are able to discern thought patterns of individuals before they even utter a word. There are places in the world where this, as expected, is a lucrative occupation, with practitioners, often crafty magicians, demanding hefty fees, just to tell thoughts of others.
As Christians, of course, we have an all knowing God, who has said, “Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him” ( Mathew 6:8). Further, our Lord has pointed out, “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words” ( Mathew 6:7). As Christians when we come to God, we do so with full confidence, that He already knows our needs and will meet them according to his glorious riches in heaven.
Of particular interest for us here is that while God perfectly knows our needs before we even dare utter a single word, still it is incumbent upon us to make our requests known to Him. A parent may have long noticed a child has a need for a new pair of shoes; but it is another dimension, when the child does come out and share aloud that his pair is worn out, hurting and is quite in need of a new one. The parent takes notice, especially when the matter is presented with such conviction and urgency. This is why Hannah cried out to God for a child ( 1 Samuel 1:9-18).
In our relationship with God, as the Apostle Paul advises us, it is not just enough to assume and let matters be, that after all God knows all our needs, but we too bear a responsibility to make our requests known to Him. Once we are done with that, we let God do His part, allowing “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding” ( Philippians 4:7) to flood us.
So, today, do not hold back your needs from the Almighty God. He has paved the way to walk to Him through His son Jesus Christ, to present your case, bear out your heart’s desire, and let Him do His part!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise to make my requests known to you, knowing you have heard me even before I utter a single word, assured that you will meet each and every one of my needs, according to your glorious riches in heaven!