Monday, 24 April 2017
Every negative emotion teaches us something positive (and powerful) if we choose to stay on the STRAIGHT AND NARROW PATH. We have emotions because God our Father (who is in heaven) has emotions. Jesus the Son of Man displayed deep sorrow when He wept. (John 11:35) It is perfectly normal to have negative emotions but it is not wise to allow our negative emotions to rule our lives.
What do we do when we inadvertently feels overwhelmed by a negative emotion e.g. annoyance? The indwelling Holy Spirit is the FIRST TO KNOW how we feel. For me, He would point his finger at a Bible verse, or a teaching in the Word of God. He would bring to remembrance what the Lord (through an anointed teacher) has taught. He would throw light (clarity, revelation) on what is written in God’s Word. He would reveal and teach me the truth IN LOVE.
For many years, it was very easy to get me annoyed - I would fret - but one day the Holy Spirit whispered, “Do not fret” and I ‘saw’ these words in a psalm written by David:
Do not fret… (verse 1);
Be still… do not fret… (verse 7);
Refrain from anger… DO NOT FRET – IT LEADS ONLY TO EVIL (verse 8).
It was verse 8 that spoke powerfully to me. It feels like ‘something’ inside me was smashed into a million pieces. I was held captive by this ‘something’ for a long time and finally I was set free. I could ‘see’ what I could not see previously. I could sympathize and tolerate what I could not do so previously. And by His grace, I could love. God is merciful. He has tolerated me all these years. His amazing grace has set me free!
“My chains are gone. I’ve been set free…” I sang. Sometimes, we ourselves are responsible for the chains that bind us. Jesus did not allow any chain to bind Him. He displayed anger but He did not sin.
I have often played the board game ‘Snakes and Ladders’ when I was a child. It was only recently that I ‘saw’ it as a game that reflects life. When we do something right (good), we climb up a ladder; When we do something wrong (evil), we get ‘swallowed’ by a snake and down we go. The goal is to ‘go home’ safely. Many board games have the same pattern i.e. we would start on a ‘journey’ and end when we reach ‘HOME’ safely.
Dear Father God,
I pray that men (and women and children) everywhere would lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing. (1 Timothy 2:8)
I pray that all Christians would pray for all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all GODLINESS and HOLINESS.
I pray that all men (and women and children) may be saved and come to know the truth. There is only one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all men.
Excerpt of the song ‘Amazing Grace’:
My chains are gone; I’ve been set free; My God, my Savior has ransomed me; And like a flood His mercy rains; Unending Love, Amazing Grace;
Through many dangers, toils and snares; I have already come; ‘Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far; And grace will lead me HOME.
Thanks Be To God!
Lam Yee Ling