Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Friday, May 15, 2020

Theme: AVOIDING AND OVERCOMING ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOURS

Text: “Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.” – Ephesians 4:25-27

Comment: As people of God we should be able to control our anger.  Hence St. Paul said the sun should not go down upon our wrath. Anger, causes rage, which makes one to feel hated, cheated, infuriated, spiteful, mean, mad, or envious.  A worshipper of God should not be controlled by anger for “He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly”. (Proverbs 14:17)  There are those who because they are angry with themselves for what they had done in the past are bogged down by shame, and are therefore miserable, distraught, and in pain. One should believe he would have the mercy of God once he accepts his fault, is sorry for his sin and forsakes such behaviour. (Proverbs 28:13; 2 Corinthians 7:10) Also,  some are in fact depressed because they feel left out, ugly, empty, powerless, victimized, suffering, useless, low, sad, helpless, discouraged, or troubled. For the fact that we are created to give glory to God (Isaiah 43:21), each person is important in the sight of God in that “… every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that”. (1 Corinthians 7:7) No body should therefore feel useless or allow anyone to make him feel so. Each person should fear God and continue with the things he is good at doing and look to God who gives to every man meat in due season and has power to exalt one in His due time. – Psalm 104:27; 145:15; 1 Samuel 2:7,8.