"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people, that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called ye out of darkness, into His marvelous light."I Peter 2:9

ISSUE ELEVEN

Put Off Wrath

"But now ye also put off all these: anger, wrath, malice . . ." Colossians 3:8a

The first thing Paul said to put off is anger. If we don't deal with our anger, then comes wrath. The second thing Paul said to put off is wrath. The word wrath means "fierceness, indignation, anger, forthwith boiling up." We need to lay aside wrath before we begin to boil. When we become heated up, all we're going to do is hurt. We will end up hurting those that are around us, and those we love.

"Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth." Psalm 37:8-9

We can never justify our wrath. David calls it evil. David also said evil doers shall be cut off. Instead, David tells us to wait upon the Lord. When you feel yourself becoming heated up and about ready to boil, don't blow up, WAIT!

You need to get alone, and cool down with the water of God's Word. Drink in His water and cool your heated feelings.

"Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place to wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine: I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in doing so thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good." Romans 12:19-21

Wait upon the Lord. Let the Lord bring forth judgment. All we can do is make things worse. Man cannot control his wrath. We would become like Cain, and slay our brothers and sisters. PUT OFF WRATH!   from Keith Huff

Am I My Brother's Keeper?
By Joe Spearman

To be your brother's keeper you need to have a relationship with him. You need to love your brother and respect him. Hebrews 13:1 says:

"Let brotherly love continue"

The first thing in becoming your brother's keeper is to tell him how you feel about him and what he is doing. When we become our brother's keeper, we are tending him and feeding him as a shepherd does his sheep. Then we start to care for him and be a shepherd as Christ was.

Our brother is our companion and friend. We are to make a bond between us and our brother by associating with him and showing him that we care enough to direct him in the way he ought to go. For example, Jeremiah 9:4 says to take heed because your brother will supplant and your neighbor will walk with slander. We need to be careful of our brother, and try to persuade him to turn from his evil ways so he, too, will become the Lord's servant. Only after this can we say,

"I Am My Brother's Keeper!"


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