Scripture in the Morning #105
We come to the final two verses of the great command section of Ephesians 4. Interestingly, our Lord returns us to the concept of our anger and our frustrations…
Ephesians 4:31,32 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.  Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Apparently the notion of we – God’s people – being characterized as angry and bitter is a major concern for Christian living. Unresolved anger, bitterness, frustration and lack of contentment are addressed collectively in over 200 verses. This is so often repeated that we must stand up and take notice and once more ask ourselves whether we are angry or resentful or frustrated or discontented. Because if we are, then that will be a big stumbling block to our growing in the Lord and a big impediment for our being a blessing in the Lord to our loved ones. And…
If we are angry, bitter, frustrated or and lacking in contentment… will we be overly kind to one another, or tenderhearted towards others or overly forgiving of one another?
Can we really spread the love of the Lord to others and serve, encourage and build them up in the Lord if we are angry and frustrated?
We need to jettison – remove – anger and resentment and frustration from us in order to be best prepared to serve. But… we do not have the power to do this. So this then starts by being driven to our knees and asking the Lord to remove from us the desire to dwell on things that move us to frustration and anger. We need His grace to fix our thoughts on that which is good. It all starts with the Lord taking our mind to where it need be…
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
May the Lord, as only He by grace can, move us to dwell on that which is pure and holy and edifying that our hearts would be best prepared to serve and bless others.
Have a great and prayerful day.