good quote

" In my opinion, the great single need of the moment is that light-hearted superficial religionists be struck down with a vision of God high and lifted up, with His train filling the temple. The holy art of worship seems to have passed away like the Shekinah glory from the tabernacle. As a result, we are left to our own devices and forced to make up the lack of spontaneous worship by ...bringing in countless cheap and tawdry activities to hold the attention of the church people." ~ A.W. Tozer

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Anger Produces Collateral damage

During our war on terror in Afghanistan, we saw the effectiveness of some incredibly sophisticated weapons. It is amazing that we can launch a missile from many miles away and stick it right through our enemy's window, yet we still hear reports of collateral damage. Innocent civilians standing nearby may be wounded or killed; or, in some cases, the wrong building may be targeted. There's simply no getting around the fact that anytime an explosion happens, you run the risk of doing more damage than you intended. The same is true with explosions of anger.

Not long ago in a department store a confrontation was witnessed that ended up with a husband calling his wife an ungly name and storming off. The heartbreaking thing was that their little boy, who appeared to be about four, heard every word. My guess is that someday, twenty or so years from now, he'll be talking at his wife the same way. The husband aimed his verbal missle at his wife, but tiny bits of shrapnel pierced the soul of his son, and that's how it always is with anger. One may think that their anger serves a valuable purpose... of causing the people in their life to be more obedient or submissive or productive. They may have become a master at motivating people through intimidation, but they are also hurting them. People who use anger as a tool may seem successful by the world's standards, but not by the Lord's standard, and they always leave a trail of tears. The Bible says, "Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go; lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul." Proverbs 22:24,25

( The preceding article was taken from the book, Samson Syndrome by Mark Atteberry, care of Susan EiBen)

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