I've read this verse a million times, but I've never read it like this.
The anger of man (unrighteous anger) will not, cannot, and does not produce the righteousness of God. Unrighteousness does not produce righteousness.
There's a lot to be angry at right now, both in our own personal lives and in the world we share. But if our anger goes unchecked and is unrighteous, it will do nothing to advance God's righteousness in ourselves or in the things we're angry with/at.
I'll be completely transparent here. I struggle with anger. I struggle to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger. But my anger, when unrighteous, does nothing good for anyone... In fact I'd go so far as to say it makes things worse than before. The Holy Spirit reminds me of this verse often. And as I was studying this verse again last night, this truth that unrighteousness does not produce righteousness hit me hard.
It's easy to get angry over circumstances and over hard things that happen in our lives. But we as Christians need to be joyful amidst the trials (James 1:2), we need to be quick to listen (not to just those around us, but to God), we need to be slow to speak, and we need to be slow to anger (to remain calm, trusting in God, knowing He's in control).
I've looked at this verse many, many, many times. But I've never looked at it quite like this. My unrighteous anger does not produce the righteousness of God. My unrighteous anger does not reflect Christ. And so I pray, for you too if you struggle with this, that God will change our hearts to be more like Christ. That we will be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger... no matter what we face.
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Action > Failure
There’s a story once told about an employee who failed to act because of fear. Do you want to know what happened to him?
The story goes like this:
There was a business man who had three employees. He was taking a trip and gave money to each of his employees to manage for him while he was away.
The first employee invested the money he received and doubled it.
The second employee invested the money he received and doubled it.
The third employee decided to hide the money he received in fear of losing it. He thought, “Boss will be happy I didn’t lose his money.”
The business man came back from his long journey. He asked each servant for an account of what they did while he was gone. The business man, received a report from his first two servants & rewarded them for their effort according to their abilities.
When he heard what the third employee had done with his money, his respond was, “Take the money from that employee and give it to the employee who made the most with my money. Everyone who uses what he has will get more. He will have much more than he needs. But the one who does not use what he has will have everything taken away from him.” Then the business man said, “Throw that useless employee outside, into the darkness!”
Which employee do you relate to in this story?
Have you been given opportunities you could act on but didn’t?
Have you taken a risk knowing failure was possible yet, tried it out anyways?
Today take action. Count error in light of action for it is best to fail doing something meaningful, than to stay idle in fear of failure.
I’ll leave you with this quote by Robert F. Kennedy, “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”
The Daily Nosh by Joel Chernoff: Hear O Israel: you are to cross over the Jordan today, to go to dispossess nations greater and mightier than you, cities and fortified up to heaven, a people great and tall, the sons of the Anakim, whom you know, and whom you have heard it said. "Who can stand before the sons of Anak?" Know therefore today that he who goes over before you as a consuming fire is the Lord your God. He will destroy them and subdue them before you. So, you shall drive them out and make them perish quickly, as the Lord has promised you. (ESV) Deuteronomy 9:1-3
Nosh: Every victory over challenges greater than our ability to overcome them, start with three things; a belief that God is mightier than the challenge, that He has called you to overcome the challenge and that you confront the challenge by moving forward with faith in God. It is this last step, the step of faith, that releases the supernatural power of God to accomplish that which would not otherwise be possible.
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Don't allow your PAST to control your PRESENT of your FUTURE life. What ever happened, you must let it go. Leave the pain of your past behind.. so it can not ruin your future. Leave the darkness of your past behind so it can not block the light of your bright future. Because your past is gone.
Whatever happened, whether unjust, cruel harsh, whatever the case, reliving the events will never do you any good. If someone did you wrong the ONLY WAY you can win is if you let go and move on. If you live in hate, they win. If you live in the victim story, they win. If you want to win, you must focus on building your future, and start right now.
Release that weight from your back so you can be free. Don't allow events of the past, which are now gone to ruin this moment, which is perfect this moment. Which is now to ENJOY, which is ready for you to LIVE FULLY.
Don't allow other people's opinions and judgements to control the direction of your life! The need to fit in and feel wanted can cause you to travel down paths you don't want to travel. People pleasing is a curse that should be avoided at all costs.
Before you do anything, ask yourself
Am I doing this because I want to do it, Or because of my fear of judgement from others if I don't.
You were born unique for a reason, you were born to stand out, to be appreciated and loved for WHO YOU ARE.
Don't dim your light so you fit into the dull background of others people's lives. Shine bright AS YOU ARE those who really care for you will see that light and shine with you.
The light of your life comes only from God, use the light to lead people to god. many people are in the midst of the darkness of their lives and their hearts are searching for light. 💖
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. -Matthew 6:33 (NLT)
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Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore, was being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it. During the fourth watch of the night, Jesus came toward them walking on the sea. When the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified. “It is a ghost,” they said, and they cried out in fear. At once Jesus spoke to them, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” Peter said to him in reply, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus.
But when he saw how strong the wind was he became frightened; and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught Peter, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:22-33)
Jesus says to us, “Come!” When we are in the midst of life’s storms, while being tossed around, facing headwinds, beset by fear, Jesus says to us, “Come!”
If we take our eyes off Jesus and start to look at the terrifying situation around us, pommeling us, we sink. If we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, even on troubled waters, we can move forward.
Jesus, I believe in you; increase my faith. Jesus, I trust in you; strengthen my trust.
The illustration, “Walking on Water” was painted by Ivan Aivazovsky in 1888.
𝘖𝘩, 𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦!
I mean, what a time we are living on right now. There is so much going on in the world; so much division, hurt feeling and pain, trauma and social isolation. I had had moments where I am like, how am I going to continue to be strong and get through this.
Right now, we need love, grace, connection and community MORE THAN EVER. 💖
So, how are you REALLY doing?
I’m sure you have felt how I felt too. It’s a collective experience because we are all human.
In the toughest moments, I have need to allow myself to experience those emotions or really find a way to turn the script and look towards joy, peace and love.
Some of the tricks and tools I found most helpful are...
✨ Taking the time to journal. It really helps me release the hurt and emotion I am feeling and carrying.
✨ Go for a walk. I love being outside and taking a walk while listening to some of my favorite tunes.
✨ Read some faith based passages or literature. This is newer one for me and it’s been so helpful. I found it very grounding and helps me remember the strength I have.
There are others but these are some of my favorites!
Comment below with a 💖 if you have found ways to get through!
I leave for college this weekend and am carrying a lot of apprehension and anxiety alongside my excitement. So as I pack and cram in time with my friends and family, I wrote this thread of posts as a reminder to my heart and yours that God is still faithful and still moving here and will walk alongside us this semester. It will all be different but it will be beautiful, too.🤎
This reigns so true for me. Like most other people in our culture, I’ve gotten caught up in wanting to be “something” in times of my life and making my own name known. We live in such an influencer world, every body wants to be influenced and influential.
However, I know the truth that I never have to worry about being “something” or “someone”, because 𝗝𝗲𝘀𝘂𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴. Making His name known is truly my number one desire, and that leaves me feeling so free. Free from standards, relativism, social pressure. His purpose triumphs over any distractions of insecurity or the need to strive for popularity.
“𝘉𝘶𝘵 𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘬 𝘧𝘪𝘳𝘴𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘥𝘰𝘮 𝘰𝘧 𝘎𝘰𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘦𝘰𝘶𝘴𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘣𝘦 𝘢𝘥𝘥𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘺𝘰𝘶.”
𝘔𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘸 𝟼:𝟹𝟹 𝘌𝘚𝘝
I want to live my life like this everyday - to know that nothing comes before Him. 𝗧𝗼 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗹𝗲𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝘆𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗺𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗺𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗺𝗼𝘀𝘁. To choose 𝗛𝗶𝘀 𝗽𝘂𝗿𝗽𝗼𝘀𝗲 for my life over 𝗽𝗼𝗽𝘂𝗹𝗮𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘆.
Will you declare this with me today? 🧡
Love you ladies, @brittfrannymaher
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“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, "For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered." No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
Romans 8:31-37 ESV
🎶 “Hold on a little while longer
Here's what you got to do
Trust and believe my friend
He'll work it out for you
One thing you must remember
My God is able and He cares for you
He cares for you
Wait on the Lord and he will come through
Wait on the Lord He will answer you
Wait on the Lord and He won't be long
Wait on the Lord He's going to work for you” 🎶