Pastor Tim Romero
2 minutes reading time (315 words)
Proverbs 22:24–25 (ESV): "24 Make no friendship with a man given to anger,nor go with a wrathful man, 25 lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare."
Have you ever noticed how contagious anger and bitterness are? It only takes a few angry people to start a riot...best not hang out with those types of people lest you join the crowd.
The Christian is to be known for there love for people, not their hotheadedness and fury. Who we choose to hang out with will either help or hinder us for bad company corrupts good morals. Beware of angry people for they will influence you. Their anger will become a snare that will entrap the believer and make him look foolish before the world. Solomon reminds us not to associate with such people for their traits will rub off on us. Rather we should find friends that display grace and forgiveness and allow these good traits to rub off on us.
Is there ever a time to be angry? Yes, when God's character, nature and/or law are misrepresented. Jesus was angry in the Temple and flipped over money exchanging tables for they were misrepresenting God. There is righteous anger however it is very rare for humans to exercise it. Most of the anger we exhibit is of the sinful sort so be careful about what you allow to anger you. God wants us to be joyful people. Amen?
Father, we thank You for giving us joy and peace and freedom from the flesh. Help us to continually walk in these things and not in the nature of our flesh. Tame our hearts from foolish anger and help us to be kind, loving, caring and forgiving people. Fill us with Your Spirit that we might be these kinds of people we pray in Jesus' name, amen.