Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
Psalm 37: Hearing From Heaven (Part 4)
Good Refusals: Anger and Wrath
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath... Depart from evil.
Psalm 37:8,27 (NKJV)
Be angry, and do not sin: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.
Ephesians 4:26-27 (NKJV)
He who is slow to wrath has great understanding, but he who is impulsive exalts folly.
Proverbs 14:29 (NKJV)
So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
James 1:19-20 (NKJV)
Consider the definitions of anger and wrath; 'Anger is the emotion of instant displeasure on account of something evil that presents itself to our view... and is not necessarily sinful. It may, however, become sinful when causeless, or excessive, or protracted' (Easton's Bible Dictionary).

Originally, anger meant grief. When anger is excessive, it becomes wrath: 'A fit of anger; a violent or stern indignation' (World English Dictionary).

If anger is a hot potato, only One can handle it properly. If anger is a care, cast it to God. Let the perfect Judge decide what to do about it--while you cool off. If we continue to hold a hot potato, our hands will burn. If we eat it, our insides will burn--causing an eventual eruption: wrath.

The volcano I call 'Old Carey' showered her world with fire and ash. My wrathful explosions seemed out of proportion to their cause, but I didn't know how to stop them. Now I know better; the Source of peace is God.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: wrath may be an act you play in a movie... but don't bring it home. Because wrath is a demon of darkness. If you feel anger, step out and consider it. Kneel down and release it. Seek peace and pursue it. Show love and smother it--whatever the offense may be.

To Be Continued...

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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