Barefoot Devotions

What’s Brewing In Your Heart? Lesson Two | Wrath

What does it mean to brew wrath in your heart?
The sin of wrath is a fit of very strong anger or an uncontrolled hatred towards another person.

Other words for wrath: Rage, Fury, Outrage, Indignation, Vexation, Hot Temper, Short fuse

Examples of Wrath:

• Road Rage

• Screaming, shouting and telling someone what you really think of them by putting them down.

• Child or spousal abuse

• An offended person decides to resort to physical violence rather than calming discussing and dealing with the situation or walking away. (Seeing red)

What can wrath lead to?

• Murder

• Jail/Prison

• Other people fearing the person with the issue of wrath

• A poor Christian example, leading people away from God based on their actions not modeling Christlike behavior.

• No friends/ Uninvited to gatherings because people are afraid the person cannot control themselves.

• Poor reputation

• Loss of job.

• Loss of family

Bible verses regarding the sin of wrath:

Proverbs 29:11 – Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.
Proverbs 15:1 – A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Proverbs 15:18 – A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.
Proverbs 22:24 – Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered.
Psalm37:8-9 – Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret, it leads only to evil. For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.
Ephesians 6:4 – In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.
Proverbs 14:17 – A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, and a man of evil devices is hated.
Colossians 3:8 – but now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander and filthy language from your lips.

Takeaway:
The difference between wrath and Godly anger is that wrath comes from a selfish nature. We are flawed by sin, therefore, our anger does not come from the same place that Godly anger comes from. When we have an issue of wrath, it is an indication that we feel something has happened that is unfair against us or someone close to us and we feel they deserve to be punished for making us feel the way they have. Wrath comes from a feeling of selfishness and revenge. The anger is hair-triggered and violent in nature. This also comes from a place of pride in the heart. When a person has an issue with wrath, they are not making sound decisions. It is not well thought out anger. Since God looks at the heart, we would be very wise to stop and look at what the root cause of the anger is. Is this coming from us feeling as though someone didn’t react to us the way we thought they should? Or that they reacted to us in a way we felt they should not have? Or we didn’t get something we thought we deserved? Did we stop to think about where the other person was coming from? Maybe the other person was in the wrong themselves but does the bible not clearly state Romans 12:19 – Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord”.
Why is it important to allow the Lord to take revenge rather than us handle it ourselves when we feel we have been wronged? It all comes down to the place in which the wrath or anger is coming from. God knows our hearts inside and out and God knows what we need. His wrath is calculated, just, well thought out and God never does or allows anything without an ultimate purpose behind it. We can be assured that God will handle everything appropriately. If we try to handle conflict when we are enraged, we will not be solving anything except blowing off steam. What we are left with after the dust comes off are ruin and broken relationships.
Why is wrath a sin? God knows what is best for us as I said before. The reason there is a line drawn at sin is to give us boundaries. We as humans need boundaries so that we do not completely destroy ourselves.

Questions to ponder:
• Can you identify a time or times where you have allowed wrath to brew in your heart and acted on it?

• Can you identify a situation/s where wrath cost you a relationship, your freedom, your witness as a Christian?

• Has God dealt with you or revealed an issue of
Rage/wrath in your life? If so, what did you take away from it?

Dear heavenly father, I have an anger issue that I know is wrong. I need you to help me learn how to control it and how to give it over to you once and for all. I do not want to live a life where I miss out on opportunities to point people to you because I have a real issue with how to respond to offenses or injustices. Please work in my heart and help me to see people the way you do. In Jesus’ name Amen!

Barefoot Devotions

When The Filter Fades

One of the most amazing benefits of making the decision to spend time with God is that you learn what He thinks about you and you will begin to see yourself through His eyes.  As you realize that He loves you more than you could ever fathom, created you for a purpose, and created you just the way you are, you begin to love yourself as He does. The world’s filter will begin to fade and you will be stripped of your picture-perfect filter.  It is an artificial filter that covers what is underneath like shame, guilt, ugliness, and inadequateness so that we will not see and accept who we were designed by God to be.

The filter that you have used to fade, blur, cover, or mask leprosy in your life will begin to fade away as God’s truth about you takes over your life.  As this truth seeps into your soul, you will gain self-confidence and become confident about who you are in Christ.  He will slowly reveal to you your God-given passions, desires, and attributes.

Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth – John 17:17

The leprosy will be revealed and through God’s mercy, love, and grace, the stained spots will begin to fade away. Oh, how ugly the process can be as we begin to see our true selves.  It is only natural to want to hide the sin and tainted flesh that we start seeing after we have sinned and lived according to the flesh.  We must break the strongholds, sins, and addiction.  Through Jesus’ death on the cross,  you will be forgiven and renewed.  The stains are washed as white as snow.  The stained filter you once viewed yourself under will no longer be marred from the view of the world, people, and the adversary but will reflect how God sees you.  Don’t you want to see clearly?

These things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. – 1 Corinthians 2:10

After Removing Your Filter You Will See:

  • You are no longer affected by other people’s filter they view you through because you will stand firm in the truth of God’s word
  • God will replace your viewpoints with His viewpoints. 
  • He will replace your artificial filter with His real filter.
  • You will be made new as His word states.

I am

 

There is ONE thing we can be certain of in life and it is that the creator of Heaven and Earth, created YOU because He loves you, oh so much! Regardless, of what is going on in your life, there is hope, freedom, and redemption.  He has appointed you to your life for A GREAT PURPOSE.

 

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