Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
Anger developed from 3 things: hurt, frustration, & fear. Yesterday was not a perfect day for me. While getting started in the morning at the office, I was full throttle into the planning and organizing of manpower and schedule when I took a hit. The hit, although very small and somewhat given in a “joking fashion” struck me immediately in the ANGER department. I am not going to detail the conversation, further investigation on my behalf would just enhance the continued work that has taken place over the last 24 hours, but I will say, hearing the words that were directed at me literally struck me deeper and hurt me more than anything i can remember over the last 5 years. The bottom line… I have a long way to go when it comes to pride, ego, self-promotion, humility, and yes, anger.
I decided to get into this morning’s research by simply opening up God’s Word and looking up “ANGER”. The result in my search suprised me, 267 Verses directly referencing anger or one’s anger. I thought, “great, i’m not alone.. lots of holy folks have the same issue and have failed when managing anger.” Even more surprising, as I tried to lock down a verse to share in the post, I would estimate more than 80% of the verses on ANGER were about the LORD! The Lord’s ANGER, His ANGER will come against you, provoke HIM to ANGER, my ANGER will be unleashed on them, will HE withhold His ANGER from us, etc. Over and over and over and over, verse upon verse was God’s ANGER being present and/or threatened upon others. Take a look at a quick example..
Deuteronomy was just a SMALL screen shot of these examples but just as I explained, God’s ANGER is present all over the scripture.
What came about of my anger yesterday was a wasted day and evening. I carried my crap mood into other conversations with other people, brought my junk attitude into my home in the afternoon, carried my baggage of toxicity into the gym when i worked out and puked my nastiness all over the kids and my wife, my best friend, before bedtime came around. I fell asleep hard wishing that i could have managed it better, channeled it differently, or simply “ERASED” it from my mind. Have y’all ever been there?
This morning as I brought my fears and irritation to the Lord I saw that ALL DAY yesterday I refused to stop long enough to really talk this over with God. My ANGER took me straight to the phone to complain to my wife, then to a co-worker, then to myself, and then led to entitlement and self preservation and it just keeps building up until the pressure finds a release source… typically NOT God in my experience, which is what needs to change.
You see, I am not going to AVOID anger or eliminate evil from the world or convince everyone I know to treat me well. The LORD say that the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. So yes, I can be angry, i can hold resentment, i can carry the weight of the toxic LAVA inside my mind and emotions and heart.. BUT GOD says the ANGER OF MAN DOES NOT PRODUCE THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD.
Once again, knowing I would be contributing today, Barnabas Man tells me a better way. This relationship we have with each other as brothers, and sons, and fathers, is more than a temperature gauge on our faith, it is more than a “contact” we can lean on… YES you as the Barnabas Men are the PRODUCERS OF THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD. I ask myself this morning, if I am not actively producing HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS then who is? I am counting on my spouse, my kids, my co-workers? I ‘m calling myself out here so don’t leave me hanging on this one friends… we are the only source of Righteousness Producers that GOD USES. Look around you, think of everyone you know and speak to and see … are they ALL producing righteousness? are you? We are not to live and act alone. We grow and learn LOVE only through relationships with others.
This photo is the reach that the Barnabas Man has had over the last few weeks… Why is there a man in Nigeria reading this stuff? Mr. Man in Nigeria, THANK YOU … it Matters…. OUR LIVES MATTER TO HELP PRODUCE RIGHTEOUSNESS! Start with simple, efficient everyday self-control… I am joining in the training.. do not let another day go by wasted dwelling on the could have been, should be, or wasn’t…. Be God’s Production Factory.
Father, I sin. Forgive me for letting word’s get the best of me. Forgive me for not coming to YOU first. Help us to be slow to anger Lord and teach us to let things roll off our backs. Please give us the strength and motivation to product your righteousness in our worlds. Amen.