Slow to Anger

Slow to Anger

How many times have we held onto anger or hurt? Someone says or does something that upsets us, and we take all of it in. We tell them we forgive them with our mouths and on the inside, where no one but God can see, we wrap our hands around the situation. We’re like a child with their favorite toy who won’t ever release their fingers.

Yet, deep inside our hearts we still hold. You can let it seed and take root deep into your heart. Replay it over and over in our minds until we’re upset all over again.

I was reading in Psalms 103 and it talks about how God is slow to anger, he won’t harbor anger towards us. Talk about a smack upside the head. You know a prickling of the spirit. God gently showing us how to live and to treat others, including our enemies. Let it go. It is hard but in the end it is so worth it.

Psalm 103 8 The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9 He will not always chide,
nor will he keep his anger forever.
10 He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,

God is so good to us. Sisters, why can’t we show this same grace to others? Be the hands and feet of Jesus. It would send a powerful message, that’s for sure.

Our father is so merciful. We’re the ones who belong on the cross to die for our sins, and yet, He sent His only Son. I don’t know know about y’all but that makes me want to worship him and to be more like Christ. To show a hurting world that we’re not just believers by the mouth, but in our actions.

Our sins are casts far as east is from the west. This song is such a great reminder.

“East To West” Credit: Casting Crowns

Here I am, Lord, and I’m drowning in your sea of forgetfulness
The chains of yesterday surround me
I yearn for peace and rest
I don’t want to end up where You found me
And it echoes in my mind, keeps me awake tonight
I know You’ve cast my sin as far as the east is from the west
And I stand before You now as though I’ve never sinned
But today I feel like I’m just one mistake away from You leaving me this way

Jesus, can You show me just how far the east is from the west
’cause I can’t bear to see the man I’ve been come rising up in me again
In the arms of Your mercy I find rest
’cause You know just how far the east is from the west
From one scarred hand to the other

I start the day, the war begins, endless reminding of my sin
Time and time again Your truth is drowned out by the storm I’m in
Today I feel like I’m just one mistake away from You leaving me this way

I know You’ve washed me white, turned my darkness into light
I need Your peace to get me through, to get me through this night
I can’t live by what I feel, but by the truth Your word reveals
I’m not holding on to You, but You’re holding on to me
You’re holding on to me

Jesus, You know just how far the east is from the west
I don’t have to see the man I’ve been come rising up in me again
In the arms of Your mercy I find rest
’cause You know just how far the east is from the west
From one scarred hand to the other
One scarred hand to the other
From one scarred hand to the other

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Allyson Carter About Allyson Carter

Allyson Carter is an author who dips her toes into the suspense and romance genres in the Edgy Christian market. She lives in Indiana with her husband, four children and three cats, where she homeschools her children, three on the autism spectrum. You can find out more about her books on her website. She also has a personal blog at Faith and Homemaking

Comments

  1. I love that image of holding onto a grudge like a child holds onto a toy.

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  2. I’m so glad He doesn’t hold onto anger the way we do. This is an area I have to work on since I was raised to just speak my mind, put it out there, and then it’s out in the open. Slow to anger means I think about this first before spouting off. You would think I would do this because I know how hurt I am when I’ve endured this from another person. Like you said above about letting it go – I can hear that song ringing in my ears from the Frozen movie – “Let it go, let it go…” A good theme song for our anger. Thanks for your post and honesty.

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  3. Thank you.

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  4. Amen! I feel ya. I was the same way and it is hard to break. Praise God for His Grace and help.

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