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Walk in the Spirit

Galatians 5:16-18 KJV

16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

What exactly does it mean to walk in the spirit? That’s a question I have heard asked and answered many times in the 40 years that I’ve been a Christian. I’ve studied it long and hard and have come away with some thoughts that I will share with you today. This is such a key part of us fulfilling what God wants us to do. We must take heed to study it out for ourselves and allow God to speak to us one on one. God longs to speak to us and teach us the will of God (Is 33:18, 65:1-2). He wants to talk to us and he longs for us to get intimate with him (Matt 23:37). What is our reluctance to do that?

The truth is that for most of us the flesh takes priority. We want to do those things that please us on this earth. Our ears are open to what are flushes asking us for. So many times, that is food, clothing and shelter – the basic necessities of life. I know that I spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about these three things.

When it comes to food, I like to get out so I make a grocery list almost every day. It’s usually a short list just so I can have an excuse to be out with people. I make sure that we always have the essentials and I usually pick up something fresh for supper. This may be a fixation on the food part of life, fulfilling the lust of the flesh with this necessity.

When it comes to clothing I don’t believe I spend too much time on this one. I dress in the morning and pretty much stay in the same clothes all day. Typically, I am just running around town if I’m doing errands so I don’t need to be dressed to the hilt. So, this is an easy one and takes very little time.

Then when I think about shelter, it not only includes the house. It includes everything that goes with that house. This means time spent thinking about the rent or the mortgage, the insurance, the water and sewer bills, the electric bills. There’s a lot more to thinking about our shelter than just our house. I don’t know that I spend an inordinate amount of time on this. God has given us good provision in our household to take care of the things that need to be taken care of.

The reason I mention these three things is because God says we shouldn’t worry about them. He says He knows that we have need of these things and He will take care of them (Matt 6:8, 31-32. That doesn’t mean that we don’t have to pay the bills but it does mean we shouldn’t worry about where that money is going to come from. God will provide it in due time. After telling us not to worry about those things He tells us to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness because then all these things will be added (Matthew 6:33)

Seeking first the kingdom is walking in the spirit. It is setting our mind on things above and allowing God to speak to us about His Kingdom. It is studying the word and looking for those verses that will speak to us today. I believe God has new things to tell us every day but they are all contained within His word. If we are not in the word then we will miss out many times on what He wants to say today. Walking in the spirit is always being open to His voice and being quiet enough to hear it. Uncluttered and unfettered by all the cares of this world. It is putting aside the lust of the Flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life and instead having on mind set on Him.

Walking in the spirit does not neglect our daily tasks. It allows God to direct us while we’re doing those daily tasks. It is stopping to pray for someone when God says to pray. It is going out of our way to do something when God says to do that thing. I can’t tell you how many times God has directed me to one place or another and I have been able to minister in someone when I went out of my way and listened to Him. Listening to that still small voice inside us, the Holy Spirit who will guide us into all truth (John 16:12). It’s truly amazing how God will direct us if we are walking in the spirit.  We will think on the right things (Phil 4:8).  We will not be anxious about anything (Phil 4:6-7).  We will know that things will turn out for our good (Rom 8:28)

But one of the most beautiful things about walking in the spirit is that when we do we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh. We will not fulfill the sinful desires that so often come into our mind throughout the day. I’m sure that you have them just like I do. Putting these thoughts aside is difficult if we try to do it in our own strength. When we’re walking in the spirit we have his strength behind us and it’s much easier to put aside the lust of the flesh. We are with Him in our mind. We are listening to His voice. We are still and we know that He is God (Psalm 46:10). As Paul says, we cannot do both because they are contrary to one another.

A second benefit of walking in the spirit is that we will not be walking under the law. We will be walking in grace, because the spirit ministers’ mercy and grace. The spirit convicts us of sin, righteousness and judgement (John 16:8-10). This is all mercy and grace, because when these convictions come into our lives, it is God giving us the opportunity to repent. God does not leave us under the law. He brings us out from under that bondage because Jesus fulfilled the law (Matt 5:17-20). He paid the penalties that were due under the law be becoming our sacrifice (Romans 3:25, Hebrews 10:10, 1 John 2:2). We are no longer indebted to the law. Now we are to minister that same mercy and grace to others. How? By loving our neighbor as ourselves. Be loving our neighbor with the same mercy and grace that God showed to us. This is walking in the spirit!

Called To Liberty

Galatians 5:10-15 KJV

10 I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be.
11 And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased.
12 I would they were even cut off which trouble you.
13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.
We need to have the same confidence in each other that Paul does in the Galatians. He says that he has confidence that they will not be otherwise minded. In other words, he says that he is confident the they will come back and adhere to the grace message that he had preached. We always need to be in prayer that those around us will hear the true message of Christ and not listen to people who would try to drive them away. There are many who scoff at the notion of being born again or being saved by grace. There are many that don’t even think they need to be saved. They think their life is going to go along just fine without God. Or maybe they know God in some form or fashion but they have never committed their life to Him. We have to pray that they come to the knowledge of the Lord and stop listening to anyone who say they can make heaven without God. Or that hell is a place for partying and meeting old buddies. Or that they tell them they have to do more to please God first. Or that they have to be Catholic, Methodist, Baptist or some other denomination. Maybe they have been told they do not need Christ and that heaven is automatic go to church and pay their tithes and be nice. Those who mislead people like this will be judged on their own. Any preacher who preaches this will be judged and their flocks will be removed from them (Ezek 34:10). It could be the preacher for the largest church in the world. All anyone must do is commit their life to Christ and they will have new life. This is the message of grace.

Paul then asks why he is being persecuted. The Judaizers are offended by the Cross of Christ. They think the circumcision is necessary and that those who preach the cross are wrong. If Paul change this message he feels like he would still be persecuted. The Judaizers would still give him a problem. He desires that the Galatians cut off the people who are troubling them. If people are troubling us about our salvation we should cut them off – just not listen to them anymore and dismiss their claims. We should pray for those who try to draw us away from grace. We need to pray that they too will be saved and cut off from the law. Saved under the abundant grace of our Lord Jesus Christ

We have been called in to Liberty. The word liberty is the Greek word eleutheria. It is always translated liberty or freedom. The meaning is similar to being freed from slavery, the bondage that the law brought. We have been set free from that by grace. We should not use that liberty to please our flesh, though. This liberty was given to us so we could serve one another and to help one another out. This is the highest calling of God – to show mercy to one another. I’m in the middle of a wonderful study in a book called The Mercy Studies. It was written about 60 years ago by Rex Andrews and is a powerful look at mercy all the way through the Bible. When we love our neighbor as ourselves what we are actually doing is showing mercy. Just as God showed us mercy when we needed it and still does today.

Jesus said blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy. Is there anyone reading this that can honestly say they do not want Mercy from the Lord? If you do say that I really don’t think you know what you’re saying. Every blessing that he provides for us is mercy. He loves us more than we can possibly imagine. He shows us mercy upon mercy every single day. The rising of the sun is Mercy. The air we breathe is Mercy. The rain is Mercy. The beating of our heart as Mercy. The wisdom and knowledge that we have is Mercy. It’s all Mercy.

And what He asks us to do is to give that mercy to somebody else. He desires that we be merciful to others. To be forgiving to others. To help others in their time of need. To provide what we can to those that are less or maybe even more fortunate than we are. Everybody needs a boost sometime. We are put here to bless one another and those blessings are all mercy.

I see way too many people fulfilling verse 15. Biting and devouring one another. Sharp words that hurt, Facebook post that tear people apart. Backbiting and gossiping. These things only bring people down. We can destroy one another very easily just by the things we say or the things we post on Facebook. All my fellow Christians, please be careful what you do and say. Our mandate from God is to first preach the Good News. Then we are to love and edify one another. If you have been guilty of gossip or demeaning others, ask God’s forgiveness. Then ask the other person for forgiveness. Then get start on the path of uplifting speech to all. Remember, if you are merciful, you will obtain mercy. How you treat others will reflect back to you.

The next section we’re going to go into tells us why it’s so important to walk in mercy and it gets into some of the attributes that God has given us to show mercy. I pray that as we enter into the rest of the study that you will look at yourselves. I mean take a really hard look and make sure that you are showing mercy everyday of your lives

Between On and Start

It was a day I will not forget.  I have a driver who takes me to my chemo appointments in Mason City every other Wednesday.  He has been an enormous blessing to me and my wife throughout the two years I have been going to those.  He does it and asks nothing, but we give him gift certificates to a restaurant he likes as a token of our appreciation.  After all, it is a thirty-eight-mile trip one-way, and with today’s gas prices, it is costing him quite a bit to do this.

This past Wednesday, he told me when he arrived at my house that his car had trouble starting that morning.  It cranked for a while before it would start.  He thought maybe the battery was going bad.  He decided he would take it to a relative who ran a shop when we got to Mason City.  We had no problem getting up to the Cancer center.  He dropped me off and went straight to the shop, where he found out his battery was fine.  The mechanic said it was probably a bad spot on his started and he would most likely have to replace the starter soon.  He came back to the Cancer center and waited for me to finish.

We went out to the car and it started fine.  But the shifter would not shift out of park!  He tried and tried with no success.  It would not budge.  I called my mechanic, and he suggested we try pushing the brake down hard a few times to try and engage the shift interlock.  That didn’t work.  He suggested we take the bolt off that connects the shift interlock with the shift lever.  We did not have the tools for that.  I thanked him and decided to call the Ford garage in town, possible they had a mechanic that could come and help us out.

The service director answered the phone and I told him our dilemma.  He suggested we take the key and hold it between on and start with the motor off and then try shifting it.  That worked!  We then put it in neutral and started it.  We were on our way.  We had two more stops to make, and did not put it back in park either time.  But at the second start, we were both going in, and could not get the key out while it was in neutral.  I guess you can only take it out when in park.  Being in a safe place, and parked a little way off from other cars, we left the keys in and the doors unlocked and went it.  The car stayed there!

On the trip home, the cruise control would not engage at one point.  He tried several times, but to no avail.  Later in our drive he tried again and it kicked in.  Four problems, all within the steering column, in one day.  Not a good sign for his car with only 76,000 miles on it!  He was going to talk to his mechanic as soon as he got to town!

Sometimes our walk with the Lord can be like our time with that car and the shift lever problem.  We will come to a comfortable place in our walk with Him. We are open to His blessing, His grace and His mercy.  But we are not doing anything to pass those blessings on to those around us, which is what we are supposed to do.  We are stuck between on and start!  Jesus told us, in His sermon on the mount, that:

Matthew 5:13-16 King James Version (KJV)

13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

This is a mandate to take what He has so freely given to us and give it to others.  We just can’t seem to get up the courage to start doing something for God.  But we are called to the mission field we are in.  God has given each of us a circle of friends that need to be reached with the Gospel.  No one else has the same mission field.  Our family, our friends and our business associates all need to hear about God’s love for them.  

 Hebrews 12:1-2

12 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God

It is time to put our lives in drive – start to run with patience the race that is set before us.  We do this by remembering what Jesus endured for us, and by looking at how so many that have gone before us have accomplished being salt and light. Their testimony should spur us on to do for others as he has done for us!  Let’s DRIVE!


Be blessed

God Moves the Storm

Since we will soon be studying in depth the idea prayer, I thought I’d give you an example of a prayer that was answered today. I know some people would say that it’s just coincidence that this happened but I will never believe that. I believe that God intervenes on behalf of his people when they honestly pray and ask him to help.

I had an appointment today in Iowa City which is about 3 hours from our home. We traveled to Iowa City yesterday and the forecast yesterday was for a chance of patchy freezing rain in the morning.  This never happened.  The forecast or Monday was for rain to transition to snow at some time, and it would be blowing and drifting – almost blizzard conditions. We did not have any options on changing the appointment because of my wife’s work schedule so we went down and prayed that we would get home safely.

The trip down was no problem.  There was some rain and drizzle but other than that nothing slippery.  Overnight it rained hard – almost a summer rain, and we knew if that changed to snow, w were in big trouble.  As morning dawned and were watching the forecast, every indication was that the snow would slowly creep southeastward towards us. At the current time it was about 30 miles northwest of the town that we were heading back to. With a three hour drive ahead of us , the weather map radar future showed every indication that the snow would advance at least 60 miles, and we would run into blizzard conditions about 45 minutes from home. So we started praying.

As we got closer we kept checking the weather maps and it stayed the same for a long time. But when we got about halfway home and made a stop, I checked the weather again. Some dry air was moving up into the system right where we were headed!  The new radar actually showed the advancement of the snow going backwards as the dry air pushed up into place. I rejoiced and told me wife God is at work. Sure enough as we got closer to home we even saw a ray of sunshine, then it clouded back up and for the last half-hour on our drive it was dry. There was no more drizzle until just before we got to town.

I know that this is God working on our behalf. In the Bible we see things like Jesus calming the waters, Isaiah praying and the sundial going back an hour and Joshua praying and the sun standing still for 24 hours. If God can do things like that when someone prays,  He can certainly move a little storm on our behalf.

Sometimes we neglect to pray for things like this and I would ask why?  Isn’t God concerned with even the little things in our lives? Isn’t He concerned with our safety if we’re traveling on the road? Of course he is. Will he always answer our prayers this way? Probably not. I don’t know that we can go to God and say God you have to move this storm. We can expect it but there’s no reason to lay the blame on God if He does not decide to do that in any particular time. Believe me there have been plenty of times that I have prayed and the storm has not changed course and we had to travel through it. In those times we always come out safely as is shown by me still being here.

The key is when we do pray we must accept whatever answer God gives us without regret and without anger. When He does grant our request, acknowledge Him and thank Him for His mercy.  When He does not, do the same thing!  God knows what is best for us and if we have to go through a storm He knows that the storm is what we need.

Be blessed!

Using Godly Wisdom

 James 3:17-18 KJV

17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

Now that we have distinguished what the wisdom of the world is it’s time to look at the wisdom that is from above. This is the wisdom that we should use in all of our actions and discussions. Remember the wisdom of the world brings strife and envy. And we want no part of that. There’s a long list of characteristics of the wisdom that is from above.  Let’s take each one individually so we can see what God desires as we use this wisdom in our everyday lives.

Wisdom from above is pure. This is the Greek word hagnus and literally means uncontaminated without & within, not mixed with guilt or anything that is condemned. This wisdom is innocent, modest, perfect and clean.  It’s the same word used in Philippians 4:8, listed as one of the things we should be thinking upon. This word was also used by Paul when he exhorted Timothy to stay pure in 1st Timothy 5:22.  This tell us that when we are filled with God’s wisdom, we will speak of His perfect will, and our counsel will be sound and pure.  It will not condemn people or leave them with guilt.  Rather it will compel them to purity and holiness.

And wisdom from above is peaceable. This is the same Greek word e i r e n i k o s.  This signifies a quietness. It literally means peaceful. Hebrews 12 11 says that this kind of peace is the fruit of righteousness (we’ll be looking at this a little bit later).  It is also the same word Jesus used when He said “Blessed are the peacemakers” (Matt 5:9).  God’s wisdom will lead to peace in our lives and others lives.

The wisdom from above is gentle.  This is the Greek word e p i e k e s. It means fair or moderate. The word is closely associated with meekness. It signifies fulfilling the spirit of the law and not the letter of the law.  God’s wisdom is not harsh.  It encourages people to be fair to each other within the spirit of the la.

The wisdom from above is easy to be entreated. This is the Greek word e u p e i t h e s This word could be translated reasonable ready to obey God or compliant with God.  This is the only place this Greek word is used in the Bible.  God’s wisdom is reasonable and will bring people to a place of obedience to His law.

The wisdom from above is full of Mercy. The word full needs to be filled with just as we would imagine. Mercy here is a Greek word e l e o s. It means compassion. It signifies kindness or goodwill toward the misery of others joined with a desire to relieve them. This word is used quite often throughout the New Testament and is always used in the greetings of Paul in his letters to the various churches.  God’s wisdom is compassionate and seeks to bring people out of their troubles and into His grace.

The wisdom from above it’s full of good fruits. Fruit is the Greek word k a r p o s and means that which originates or comes from something. It is a result.  God’s wisdom produces good things in people, not bad things.

The wisdom from above is without partiality. It is a Greek word a d a i k r i t o s. This is the only place it is used in the Bible. This means it is unwavering and no uncertainty.  God’s wisdom does not change from one person to the next, or one situation to the next.  It is unwavering and consistent at all times.

The wisdom from above is without hypocrisy. This is the Greek word a n u p o k a r i t i o s. It denotes being genuine, sincere, not phony and free from hidden agendas. This Greek word is used in 2 Cor 6:6 and translated genuine, and also in Rom 1:9 and 1 Tim 1:5, where it is translated sincere.  When God’s wisdom is used, you know exactly what is being said, and you know the speaker does not say these things to gain anything or to try and get you to do something.  It speaks from a pure heart.

As you read these words and their meaning, can you see how different God’s wisdom is than the wisdom of the worlds  described previously?  God’s wisdom is always looking out for the hearer and what is best for them.  It is there to perfect us and mold us into His image.  It’s only purpose is to make us more like Christ, who epitomizes every one of these attributes.  There is no envy or strife as there is with the world’s wisdom.

Verse 18 adds on another interesting note.,  There are 5 places in the bible here righteousness is mentioned in association with peace.  here, psalm 85:10, Romans 14:17, Heb 1:11, and Isaiah 32:17.  As we read these other verses, it appears that peace is a result of righteousness in one’s heart and that makes a lot of sense.  When we walk in righteousness, there is no guilt over our sin, or envy about another person.  Our mind’s are pure from evil thoughts, because we are thinking righteous thoughts and doing things that are right.  Peace comes when we walk in righteousness!

This is a powerful ending to the third chapter of James.  After helping is tame our tongues, he brings us to using godly wisdom, which is what should be produced by our tamed tongues.  Let us make sure that this is the wisdom we use in our daily lives.

Cancer Recovery Update

It has been a couple months since I updated you all on my progress.  As I said in the last update, I am now in remission – there is no sign of any Myeloma cells in my body and the doctor said if I was thoroughly examined, the doctor would not know I ever had Myeloma.  God has wiped out the enemy and made me new!  What an awesome God we serve!

I am still undergoing maintenance chemo therapy, and will be until October of 2018.  As  a result, my immune system is still shot and I have to wear a mask whenever I am outside or in public places.  I also still have neuropathy in both my feet and the outside parts of my hands.  I have no pain with the neuropathy, (Praise the Lord – most people do!) Just a numbness in the affected areas.  Of course, I am believing God for a complete healing in that area as well, while the doctors say most likely not.

Through this entire bout with cancer (diagnosed in March of 2016) I have been saying the same thing – “God has been merciful to me”.  I see His mercy everywhere I turn.  From getting the diagnosis before my health went bad or I had any pain, to God restoring my arm to full use (I lost use of my right arm and no one could explain why), to an amazing wife who has been the best caregiver in the world. Mercy has been hovering over me every day.

Why did God allow this in my life?  To draw me closer to Himself, and it worked tremendously!  Through the poems I have written (over 1,000) and my studies through Philippians, Ephesians, the Psalms and now James it has been an amazing journey.  I was lackadaisical in my faith and devotional time before this.  Now I am doing a daily bible study with a friend and I am studying James and other scriptures every day.  I have gotten involved in this wonderful community on WordPress and am learning from all of your posts.  So many of you have become good friends.  It is incredible what God has done in my life because I have had the time to reflect more on Him.

I am thankful for this time He has given me – even though it involved allowing cancer into my life.  I am thankful for all of you who encourage me and uplift me with your comments and your posts.  I am thankful that I hear the voice of God within me more clearly than I ever have in my life.  He has been so good, and so merciful to me.

If you are going through a hard time, perhaps it’s even cancer, know that God wants you to turn to Him through this difficulty and draw you closer.  Closer than you’ve ever been to Him.  Listen for His voice, and He will speak to you and tell you how much He loves you.  Follow Him and He will lead you out of the valley you are in.  He is right there with you, even if you can’t see Him, feel Him or hear Him.  Sometimes God works the most when He is quiet.  Be patient and allow God to perfect you during this time.   He knows the plans He has for you, and He never fails! He is always doing everything for you good, even if you can’t see that.  Trust Him.  Don’t depend on your own understating.  See Him in all things. He will lead you on the right path.

Be blessed




Diffusing Anger

James 1:20 KJV

20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.

Our anger does not fit in with God’s plans for our lives, plain and simple.  We are told to love our neighbor as ourselves (Mark 12:31), to rejoice with those that rejoice and mourn with those that mourn (Rom 12:15) to always speak words that edify and build up others (Eph 4:29), to love our enemies (Matt 5:44) and to walk in the Spirit (Gal 5:16).  I don’t see any room in there for anger or wrath!

The main reasons people get angry are getting hurt, being betrayed, being frustrated, getting disappointed, having unreasonable expectations, and coming in contact with stupid people!  Let’s look at each one of these for a moment.

When we are hurt or betrayed it is because something has done something to us that gets to our emotions and brings them to a point of negativity.  In my mind, a Christian has no right to ever be negative to others.  We are so blessed, how can we possibly allow negativism to creep in?  This anger is simply pride that you have ended up in that position because you had too much trust in people or in a person.

The next three really go together in my opinion.  The cause of frustration or disappointment is unreasonable expectations a large majority of the time.  We put too  high a premium on what others and do for us or our loved ones, or in our work or church environment.  When we expect of others this way it is OK, but getting frustrated with them or disappointed with them is pride, because we feel it is something committed against us.  Setting unreasonable expectations is also pride because we project on others what we feel we can accomplish ourselves, not realizing that we are in fact elevating ourselves in the process.

Coming in contact with stupid people happens everyday.  getting angry over it is sheer pride because we think we are better or wiser than them.  While that may actually be true, when we get angry at them we are once again elevating ourselves above them.  Road rage is a great example.  We get angry at another driver because they are weaving in and out of traffic instead of feeling blessed that they did not cause an accident near to us.  Pray for stupid people, don’t get mad at them!

I’m sure you are seeing the pattern of pride here.  Anger and wrath stem from our pride every time.  They are symptoms of our asking questions like “How could you do that to me?” or “Don’t you know how much that bother me?” or “Why would that person not be more careful around me?” or “I just can’t understand why they could’t get this accomplished”.  Notice the emphasis on sell in these questions!  When we are centered on our self it is pride.

 My new definition of pride is an inordinate amount of attention to self.  When anger rises within us, it is because we have internalized something that is not the way we think it should be.  Imagine if God did that toward us.   Imagine that he got angry every time you did one of the above things to Him!  How often would He be angry with you?  Yet He displays grace and mercy at all times, and we are asked to do the same.  If we would walk in grace and mercy toward others, anger would not be present at any time.

I challenge you to count to twenty slowly when you feel anger rising up the next time.  As you are counting, ask yourself two questions.  What could be going on in that other persons life that would cause them to act like that? (anger is most often the result of other people’s actions).  Is this a good reason for me to walk away from what Christ teaches me and walk in the flesh instead?  I would hope that once you ask yourselves these questions, you will realize that anger is not the answer.

Later in this first chapter, we will encounter the verse that says “Be angry and sin not.  Do not let the sun go down on your wrath”.  I say that because I want to make sure you are aware I know this is coming up when I say anger is not the answer.  We will talk more about this subject at that time, but for now ponder what I have said here.  While I am not an expert,  God has taught me a lot while dealing with my own anger issues and pride issues.  I hope it is helpful to you as well.