Jesus - Hope for the Angry
31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
23 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.
Anger is powerful. As Master Yoda would say, “Fear leads to anger; anger leads to hate; and hate leads to suffering.” It creates a lot of hurt and destruction, not just for the person you are mad at, but for yourself as well. How Yoda’s genius relates to this is; one summer, I got really mad at my best friend at the time because of the life choices he was making. My goal was to make him realize how much it hurt me that he was doing the things he was doing. But instead it lead to him not talking to me anymore, and that hurt me more because I had just lost my best friend.
After a year, I did go back to my friend to ask for his forgiveness before I felt like I could completely rid anger from my life. Now it’s like nothing ever happened between us; just like Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 5:23-24. The Christmas season is a time where we are constantly reminded of why God became flesh and came to Earth as Jesus. One of those things was to forgive. “…forgive each other, just as Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32). He died for our sins, and He still forgave us! Don’t let anger get in the way of something awesome. Don’t spend your Christmas Break being salty over something that is going on. Instead, ask Jesus to help you forgive others; or to help you ask others to forgive you. Forgiveness is more powerful!
By: Remmington Wanner