A Treasure Chest

I rejoice at Your word, As one who finds great spoil.  Psalm 119:162

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Those whose hearts stand in awe of God’s word, will rather endure the wrath of man, than break the law of God. By the word of God we are unspeakable gainers.

We are to praise God even for afflictions; through grace we get good from them. Those that love the world have great vexation, for it does not answer what they expect; those that love God’s word have great peace, for it outdoes what they expect. Those in whom this holy love reigns, will not perplex themselves with needless scruples, or take offence at their brethren.

A good hope of salvation will engage the heart in doing the commandments. And our love to the word of God must subdue our lusts, and root out carnal affections: we must make heart work of it, or we make nothing of it. We must keep the commandments of God by obedience to them, and his promises by reliance on them.

God’s eye is on us at all times; this should make us very careful to keep his commandments.

Matthew Henry

The life that counts must toil and fight;

Must hate the wrong and love the right;
Must stand for truth, by day by night—
This is the life that counts.
 
The life that counts must hopeful be;
In darkest night make melody;
Must wait the dawn on bended knee—
This is the life that counts.
 
The life that counts must aim to rise
Above the earth to sunlit skies;
Must fix its gaze in Paradise —
This is the life that counts.
 
The life that counts must helpful be;
The cares and needs of others see;
Must seek the slaves of sin to free —
This is the life that counts.
 
The life that counts is linked with God;
And turns not from the cross — the rod;
But walks with joy where Jesus trod —
This is the life that counts.
 
Anonymous

 

 

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When Angry, Sin not

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“When angry, do not sin; do not ever let your wrath (your exasperation, your fury or indignation) last until the sun goes down. Leave no [such] room or foothold for the devil [give no opportunity to him].”
– Ephesians 4: 26-27 (AMP)

 

Anger is a natural emotion we all have from time to time. Even the most placid among us feel anger at times. It’s not exactly wrong to feel anger, after all Jesus displayed anger when he drove out the moneychangers. I believe it’s all in how we handle our anger.

If we respond to people and situations in an explosion of angry words and gestures, ranting and raving, then that expression is obviously the wrong way – it’s merely ‘venting’ the anger. When we do this, it’s the people around us that get hurt the most.

How, then, do we deal with anger?

I’m still on the journey of discovering how to not react out of anger. One way I believe God has spoken to me concerning this, is in this scripture: Proverbs 15:1 “A soft answer turns away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger.” It dawned on me one day, that if I respond in a ‘gentle tone using gentle words’, it will squash the anger inside. You see, when we ‘vent’ our anger it’s never ‘gentle’, it’s often loud, blunt, and hurtful with words that we wouldn’t normally use. Responding in this way set’s a pattern for how we respond, when angry, in the future – and on it goes! This is why I believe we are not to let the sun go down while we’re still angry.

 

Lord, please help me not respond
In a hurtful, angry way
But to respond with gentle words
In what I have to say.

 

Let all bitterness and indignation and wrath (passion, rage, bad temper) and resentment (anger, animosity) and quarreling (brawling, clamor, contention) and slander (evil-speaking, abusive or blasphemous language) be banished from you, with all malice (spite, ill will, or baseness of any kind). – Ephesians 4: 31 (AMP)

 

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A Beautiful Exchange

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The cry of the Cross

Through bloodshed and pain

God’s mercy triumphant My wretchedness exchanged.

Rivers of God’s grace Cleansing my soul

Freed from condemnation Creating me whole

All my sin and guilt Cast upon the tree

Absolutely dealt with Provision made for me.

God wrath wholly satisfied At the final heartbeat

Total acceptance The sacrifice complete.

Through the blood of Jesus My righteousness proclaimed

Torrential outpouring My liberty now claimed

My Heart now beats with passion Ancient days now strange

A glorious new beginning In this Beautiful Exchange.

Alan Stevens