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Temper Tantrums

Some children have tantrums because they hate not having their own way. I believe that at those moments they also hate those who don*t let them have their own way. Many adults have tantrums for those same reasons. It hasn*t been very long since I had one. Sometimes the adults also hate the ones who don*t let them have their own way. Sometimes they even hate God because He hasn*t let them have their way. Temper tantrums are not always kicking and screaming, rolling around on the floor or holding our breath. We have all sorts of more sophisticated ways to express our anger. You probably already know what anger does to you. Among other things, mine raises my blood pressure.

Romans 1:28-30: And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

If anyone had told me before I was saved that I hated God I would not have believed them. Shocking as it may seem, the flesh of a Christian still hates Him. It might help us to walk in the Spirit more if we consider what and who makes us angry.

Galatians 5:16-17: 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.

Anger is not the fruit of the Spirit. I have foolishly and ignorantly been angry at things that God has caused or permitted in my life. We might all ask the question: Is there anything that God has not caused or permitted in my life? The answer is no. Since He causes or permits everything that comes into our lives, being angry about those things is being angry at His methods or at God Himself.

Proverbs 14:17a: He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: . . .

Titus 1:7a: For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, . . .

The thing Christians should get angry about is when God*s will is not done. He restrains His wrath until the right time and we should not express ours before He expresses His. In my case and yours, if you are saved, He restrained His wrath for a long time before He saved you and now that you are saved, He has spared you from it forever.

Ephesians 4:26: Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:

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