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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Anger (01/24/05)

TITLE: How Angry Has God Been With You?
By Kimberly Crews


We often become angry with others and refuse to forgive them. We hold grudges and vow that they will never get the opportunity to hurt, deceive, manipulate or use us again. Well, should God be angry; or, has He been angry?

We hurt, try to deceive and manipulate, misuse, abuse, ignore and disobey God all of the time, but He continues to have mercy upon us; forgiving us and allowing us yet another chance. We disobey Him continuously, but He continues to open the windows of heaven pouring out blessings we know we donít deserve.

We donít have a right to be angry at anyone because if God treated us as we deserved to be treated, He would cut us off, never giving us the opportunity to talk to, fellowship, and commune with Him again; but, He remains faithful to us.

When our friends, family members or spouses do things that just seem to be the ultimate betrayal, if we choose to allow the relationship to remain open, we hold it in the prison of unforgiveness by placing limitations on how close they can get and what we can and will do for them. When we ask God for forgiveness, He forgives and itís never remembered again. The same benefits of the relationship we experienced before the trespass become open to us again.

If we are His children; why donít we act like Him? Why do we become angry and try to make people pay for what theyíve done? The word of God says, ďForgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.Ē You are asking God to forgive you as you forgive others; therefore, if you havenít totally forgiven others, there is still some sin hanging over your head.

Anger is an emotion that has the power
To take over your train of thought at any given hour.
It only takes a simple gesture
To find yourself taking or giving a lecture
About what you feel is right or wrong,
Or to make you walk off and leave those closest to you alone.

We become angry because of so many situations and circumstances,
And we are determined to limit the chances
That others have to bring out of us the spirit of anger
Never realizing that we are placing our own souls in danger
By cutting people off or refusing to allow forgiveness to enter our hearts
So that regret, resentment, and envy tears us apart
From God and the purpose He has for this life;
We are only creating our own misery and strife.

When our kids do as we have told them not to,
Becoming angry is something thatís not very hard to do.
We immediately decide whatís the best way to make them suffer,
Never even realizing that Godís grace and mercy is the buffer
That protects us from the chastisement we really deserve
When, we, as children, get on our Fatherís nerve
By being disobedient in going our own way
And choosing the path that leads us astray.

Just how angry has God been with you
When youíve chosen to disobey what Heís told you to do?
We become angry with our spouses and try to create a living hell
For the life they live, and unforgiveness is their jail cell,
Holding them bondage for not doing as you thought they should
When they really were doing the best they could.

Just how angry has God been with you
When He knew that your heart was far from being true
To Him in the life that you live;
But, for your unfaithfulness, He chose to forgive?
We become angry on the job and decide itís the place to rest
Because the supervisor is so unappreciative and receptive to your best
Never even thinking that God gives us His best with no restraints
And we continuously go to Him with selfish prayers and complaints.

Just how angry has God been with you
When the right to live is so much more than what you are due;
But, you complain and are never satisfied
That, for you, He gave His Son, and His Son died?

Do you really have the right to be angry and harbor hate in your heart
When God continuously forgives you for allowing sin to tear you apart
From Him and the purpose He has for your life
And not being receptive and appreciative of His precious sacrifice?

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Marina Rojas02/01/05
When I read this title, I did not want to read the article. But, I forced myself to, and I am sure glad I did! This is really outstanding! Thank you for your wonderful thoughts and prose. Really, I enjoyed it very much!
Phyllis Inniss02/02/05
Great article with a supporting poem to further convey your message. God bless.
Sally Hanan02/06/05
I liked this, especially the mix of presentation.
neil deo03/17/05
Sister Crews, I hopw you won some award from FaithWriters for this pertinent piece. You had prose and poetry, truth and forgiveness, love and God's anger - all here. I just read this and feel so in sync. Why is it we do not see the hypocrisy of US TAKING ALL FROM GOD, all the SACRIFICE and FORGIVENESS FROM JESUS, and giving none to others, Jews-Gentiles-and-foreigners? Well done, Sister! If I want Jesus love and forgivness, I MUST NOT DEMAND THESE, but earn them. Arrogance and insolent demands works in school but not in Heaven! Thanks so much, Neil DEO