This is a seven part series that was originally given as one meditation for a vespers service at Central Christian Church in Grand Rapids Michigan. In my opinion, people who are living their lives with the Bible as their authority are in a minority in our country.
I took a FB test recently that told me I was a pessimist. While I have never been a sugar plums and puppies kind of person, I have been a half full girl, not a half empty one.
I have so changed since 9-11. Since I do not believe our country will be improving any time in the near future, am I doomed to be a pessimist? NO! I can pray for an attitude adjustment and I can tell myself the TRUTH, the way that I always have when times have gotten tough in my life.
Truth four: I need to ask myself, what would Jesus do.
Jesus would not get angry. He always responded to those he met with love and compassion. Lest we think the love and compassion of Jesus squishy, remember he had some harsh words for the Pharisees and Sadducees He called these religious leaders hypocrites and relatives of Satan!
Most people I encounter are not going to be of the religious leader variety.
If my goal is to win others to Jesus, I need to take James 1 to heart. Hear it in the Message translation: "Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human anger."
We could probably also change out the word anger for other emotions. God's righteousness does not grow from human frustration, human condescension, etc.