Today, I want to address a topic that plagues many of us - anger and bitterness. These two emotions can often take over our hearts, causing us to act out of character and experience turmoil in our relationships. However, did you know that these emotions are signs of us focusing on ourselves rather than trusting in God's sovereignty?
As believers, we are called to put our faith in God and trust that He is in control of every situation we face. We must remind ourselves that God causes all things to work together for the good to those who belong to Him and love Him. When we truly believe in this truth, it changes how we respond to trials and challenges.
Instead of reacting with anger or bitterness, we are called to respond with joy. Joy in the knowledge that God is working everything out for our good. Our faith should remain firm in every situation, and we should never lose sight of God being with us always.
In John 14:15, Jesus tells us, "If you love me, keep my commands." By trusting in God's sovereignty, we can obey His commands even when we face difficulties. Our faith during these times will cause us to grow and mature as we learn to rely solely on God.
Romans 5:3-5 tells us, "Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us." These verses remind us that through our trials, God is shaping us into the people He desires us to be. We can experience joy even during the most challenging times, knowing that God is using our struggles to build perseverance and strengthen our character.
In Ephesians 4:31, we are instructed to "Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice." This is a clear message from God telling us to let go of the anger and bitterness we may be holding onto. We must instead choose forgiveness and love towards those who have hurt us, just as Christ has forgiven us.
James 1:2-4 reminds us, "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that testing your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." Even in the face of adversity, we can trust in God's sovereignty and find joy in growing in our faith.
Lastly, in 1 John 5:3, we are told, "In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome." shows Trusting in God's sovereignty and responding with joy in difficult times is our way of showing our love for God. It is not always easy, but we must remember that our faith in Him will never be in vain.
Brothers and sisters, I urge you to trust God's sovereignty and choose joy even in the toughest times. Let go of the anger and bitterness in your heart and instead choose forgiveness and love towards others. Remember that God is with you always in every trial and challenge to shape you into the person He desires you to be. May God bless you and guide you in your journey of faith. Amen.