Sunday, August 15, 2010
Anger is NOT an OPTION...
... but HIDING is .
THOU+ art my hiding place;
THOU+ shalt preserve me from trouble;
THOU+ shalt compass me about
with songs of deliverance.
We all know how to love our enemies...
if they are outside the home.
But , what do we do when the hurt comes towards our heart
from within the intimate family circle?
And, where do we go when that hurt
occurs over and over again ?
THOU+ shalt hide them
in the secret of Thy Presence+
from the pride of man;
THOU+ shalt keep them
secretly in a pavilion
from the strife of tongues.
Spouses hurt one another's heart. Siblings hurt one another's heart. Parents hurt the hearts of their children and off-spring hurt the hearts of their parents.
because of the Adamic curse,
is HERE TO STAY
while we are in this body,
on planet earth.
Some counsel to "up-front" and "honest" with our feelings: i.e., "...when you do (or say) that, it hurts my feelings because...." However, in my own tumultuous life, I have seldom seen honesty like that do anything but cause MORE problems, no matter how calmly it is shared.
A better way is to follow The LORD'S COMMANDS: turn the other cheek, go the second mile, return a soft answer.
THOU+ art my hiding place
and my shield:
I hope in Thy Word+.
Psalm 119: 114
However, in the midst TAKING the hurt... when our heart is bleeding or breaking... it is good to HIDE IN CHRIST+. No immediate verbal response is necessary when we HIDE IN CHRIST+.
For in the time of trouble HE+
shall hide me in His+ pavilion:
in the secret of His+ tabernacle
shall HE+ hide me;
HE+ shall set me up upon a rock.
We learn to scurry under the shelter of His+ Wings and take refuge there until the storm is overpast. When we HIDE in CHRIST+, we learn to let HIM+ do the battling; we are silent. We leave the battle in His+ Hands.
Keep me as the apple of the eye,
hide me under the shadow of Thy+ Wings,
We cry out to HIM+ in our anguish, for protection. We start forgiving as soon as we collect our wits, even in the midst of the verbal attack. We learn to do spiritual warfare in the midst of the hurtful attack and silently BIND the evil spirits at work, in the name of The LORD JESUS CHRIST+.
By doing all of this, our hands and our hearts will be too full for us to indulge in our own anger, which only aids and abets the enemy who is attacking us.
If we slip into an angry reaction,
we are NOT HIDING IN CHRIST+;
we are on our own in the battle.
So, we must repent if we think anger is an "option" when we get hurt.
We must learn to
HIDE IN CHRIST+.
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