Friday, 14 Aug 2020
Anger
Prathab V

Psalm 37:8-9 (The Message)
8-9 Bridle your anger, trash your wrath,
cool your pipes—it only makes things worse.
Before long the crooks will be bankrupt;
GOD-investors will soon own the store.

To say that I was angry that day would be an understatement. I was filled with a sudden surge of unrighteous anger. Perhaps even hypocritical rage.

That day, I decided to give chase to that guy who just overtook me on the highway. He had been tormenting me for some time, flashing his headlights and honking. I was initially about to give way to him. But when he started tailgating me and flashing his headlights, I was incensed.

“Who does he think he is?” I thought in my heart. “Does he think this is his grandfather’s road?”

Anger rose within me to a boiling point. Meanwhile, the guy continued to flash his headlights even more aggressively.

I decided to stick to my lane and ignore him. I maintained my speed, growing angry with each second. After some time, the guy gave up and overtook me. And that was when my fury was unleashed to the max.

As he overtook me, the driver turned to look at me and honked at me. “How dare you honk at me?!” I growled within my heart. At that moment, adrenaline rushed to my head. I was not going to take that humiliation without a fight. I decided to give chase and did exactly what he did to me. This time, it was my turn to put my headlights to “good use” on him.

While all this was going on, I was oblivious that I had my wife and kids in the car! My wife was too stressed during the whole episode and had been trying to calm me down. But I was stubborn. I wanted to continue my crusade against the road bully. After all, he started it.

It was then, that the Lord suddenly spoke to me in a still small voice. The Lord showed me that I had become the same rogue driver whom I had despised earlier. I suddenly felt a deep sense of shame and shock.

To say that I was angry that day would have been an understatement. This time I was angry with myself. I allowed my hypocritical nature to surface and take control.

That was my moment of folly. But let’s be honest, don’t we all have anger problems too? Anyone who says that they have never gotten angry would probably need to take a good look at the mirror. Proverbs 29:11 says, “Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.”

That day, I became a fool. Psalms 37:8 tells me to not get angry and frustrated, as it only leads to more trouble. Eugene Peterson’s The Message version tells me to “bridle my anger, trash my wrath”. Yes, I am to dump my anger! Peterson’s version tells me to cool my pipes! Yes, in my anger, my engines got hotter and the exhaust pipes would also have been burning more fuel!

I regret my actions that day. I am embarrassed.

As the work week ends, reflect on the past week. If there be anyone or anything that had made you angry, forgive and confess. Trash that wrath and cool your pipes. May the Lord grant you His peace today.

Prayer:

Lord, teach me to control my anger. Forgive me when I get angry without a reason. Teach me patience, forgiveness and love. In Jesus’ name, I ask. Amen.

每日灵粮
星期五,2020年8月14日
标题:愤怒
讲员:帕拉他伯弟兄(Prathab V.)
翻译:巫惠如姐妹

诗篇37:8-9
当止住怒气,离弃愤怒,不要心怀不平,以致作恶。
因为作恶的必被剪除,唯有等候耶和华的必承受地土。

说我那天很生气过于轻描淡写了。我不禁怒气冲天,甚至可以说心中充满一股虚伪的愤怒。

那天,我决定追上在高速公路超我车的司机。他折磨了我一段时间,不停闪前灯,按响喇叭。我一开始想让他。但当他开始紧跟我并不停闪前灯时,我被激怒了。

“他以为他谁啊?” 我心里想,“这是他爷爷的路吗?!”

我当时气得火冒三丈。同时,这家伙继续闪着前灯。

我决定继续开在我的车道上,不理他。我保持速度,一秒比一秒生气。过了一段时间,那家伙放弃了,就超我车。那一刻,我怒火中烧。

当他超过我时,他还转头看我,并按喇叭。“你敢吼我?!” 我在心里咆哮。我十分恼怒。我不会忍吞那种羞辱。我决定以其人之道,还治其人之身。这一次,轮到我“好好使用”前照灯了。

在这一切发生的同时,我却忘了车里还有我妻子和孩子!整个事件中,我妻子感到非常紧张,一直想办法让我平静下来。但我很固执,我想继续打击路霸。毕竟,是他先开始的。

就在那时,主突然用细小的声音对我说话。主告诉我,我成了我之前鄙视的司机。我突然感到深深的羞耻和震惊。

说我那天很生气过于轻描淡写了。这一次,我生自己的气。我让我虚伪的天性浮出水面并控制我。

我真是愚蠢。但老实说, 我们不都有愤怒的问题吗?任何说自己从未生气的人,都可能需要好好看看镜子。箴言29:11说,”愚妄人怒气全发,智慧人忍气含怒“。

那天,我成了傻瓜。诗篇37:8告诉我不要生气和沮丧,因为它只会带来更多的麻烦。尤金 · 彼得森的信息版本告诉我要 “抑制愤怒(如马套笼头), 清空愤怒” 。是的, 我要甩掉我的愤怒!彼得森的版本告诉我冷却管道!是的, 在我的愤怒中, 我的引擎变热了, 排气管也会不断燃烧!

对于当天的行为,我后悔莫及。我很羞愧。

随着这一周将结束,回想一下过去的一周。如果有人或任何事情让你生气,选择原谅并勇于认错。清空你的愤怒和冷却你的管道。愿主今天赐你平安。

祈祷:主啊,教我控制我的愤怒。当我毫无理由生气时,原谅我。求主以耐心、宽恕和爱来教导我。奉耶稣的名求,阿门。

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