When I realized how much I had been duped, I was sad and then realized, I’M MAD.
Honestly, I do not get angry. It’s a very strange and odd occurrence, and because I’ve trained my heart consistently for over two decades to NOT go there – imagine my surprise when it crept into me.
I want to encourage you – no matter how much your mind is renewed – you too can be enticed by an enemy to agree with a devilish characteristic and get sidetracked. There are three stages of offense.
First, there is iniquity – your eye latches onto a thought or idea or person and it multiplies and your need for it grows.
Second, there is what is referred to as sin – this is where you are enticed and you begin to “need” whatever it is your eye has latched onto and then all of a sudden it has grown so much that in your mind, you simply must have it. In other words, you think you will die without satisfying this strong urge.
Third, there is what is referred to as transgression. In the old covenant language you were told not to murder (outward action of an inward attitude) but in the new covenant language, Jesus made it clear that you are not even to hate (inward action only unseen by the natural eye.) In addition, old covenant said clearly not to commit adultery (an outward action) but in the new covenant, Jesus says not to lust (inward.) In other words…..that iniquity that was left unchecked moved into sin and then transgression because you ACTED upon it (you had murder in your heart and then you murdered…you had adultery in your heart and then you committed adultery.)
BUT New Covenant…it’s just the opposite – you get to keep your heart right so that you never commit murder OR adultery or…
WOW. You get it?
My anger – I had begun to justify its existence because of how the new testament teaches to be angry but to sin not and how Jesus had righteous anger….you mull that over and then decide its okay to have this “righteous anger”.
Guess what? It is NOT okay that I have any anger….because He makes it clear that our inward heart is as critical as our outward actions.
I want to encourage you today to get your heart right because in God’s eyes….it is as if you committed adultery, murder, whatever….through your thoughts….even if you have not done anything like it in your actions…
Jesus forgave all the way to where the problem began in you – in me and in everyone else on the planet – even those you think should know better.
Don’t get hooked by the very thing you see someone else hooked by…the LORD has taken the iniquity – the beginning of your sin…that turned into transgression – HE has taken this iniquity upon HIMSELF and we are all forgiven.
Listen, I have eyes that see and ears that hear and I’ve been forgiven. The ones I’m angry with don’t have eyes that see their actions as sin and they don’t have ears to hear that their action is sin. So, because I CAN see and because I CAN hear, I am responsible to keep my heart right regardless. You NOR I can allow ourselves to say yes to unrighteousness in our hearts even if we think its a righteous perspective.
Pray with me. I forgive. I let it go. I change my mind and come out of agreement of this hook that tells me it is okay to be angry at anyone for doing anything. I’ve been forgiven. They have been forgiven. I refuse to partner with unforgiveness and refuse to justify any heart attitude that leads me into holding onto my anger. Instead, I’m MAD – MOVING AFTER DAD. As an act of my will and through the power of the Holy Spirit, I choose His way and not my way. Let it be.
Until next time…and forward to anyone you might feel needs to get MAD.