People who are consistently angry and negative as Christians have not been able to let go of the cares of this world and fully experience the free gift of salvation. People consumed with angst, upset, discouragement, and unease have no peace. Losing our perspective by focusing upon worldly concerns means we need to reassess what we are prioritizing in our lives.
When we fully understand and accept the gift we’ve been given by God, we exhibit our salvation through many, many different ways. One of the ways we show we are saved is through our behavior. How we present ourselves and come across to others matters. When we become saved, we become a new person! We now represent Jesus Christ! We are a new creature in Christ.
1 Corinthians 5:17 — Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Gal 5:22-23 — The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
John 13:35 (NIV) “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
James 1:19-20 — My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.
Deana Nall tells us that Christians these days are so angry about so many things:
◆ We are angry that prayer has been taken out of schools.
◆ We are angry about gay people having rights.
◆ We are angry about abortion.
◆ We are angry because this country isn’t what we think the Founding Fathers envisioned.
◆ We are angry that a Democrat is in the White House.
◆ We are angry about evolution.
◆ We are angry about feminism.
◆ We are angry at Muslims.
◆ We are angry that people have guns, and we are angry that someone might take guns away.
◆ We are angry with people on government assistance.
◆ We are angry about environmental issues.
◆ We are angry at the Boy Scouts.
◆ We are angry at the Girl Scouts.
◆ We used to get angry about the divorce rate, but we’ve kind of given up on that.
◆We are angry about things that aren’t even happening, such as the Pledge of Allegiance being banned in public schools.
This is not the way to be Jesus to the world.
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