Week 5 - Anger & Lust
What do you do with your anger? The desire to harm, injure, or destroy others is an evil cancer that can easily invade our hearts. We can be consumed with seeking vengeance or develop lifelong grudges towards people. By doing this we enslave ourselves to sin and move away from trusting God to be the judge of all people. We leave the commandment to love our neighbor as ourselves. Anger is going to develop in lives but we must be quick to repent from it and surrender it to God.
Jesus continues to address issues of the heart that lead to outward actions. Adultery doesn’t “just happen.” Appetite leads to action. It is a process of feeding lustful desires of the human heart. One of the ways we feed these desires is by engaging mentally in the act of unfaithfulness. We can be tempted to compare our spouses to celebrities, models, and others. When we do this our spouses no longer become our standard of beauty which can cause us to look for beauty in other places.
“But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.”
- James 1:14-15
We must work hard to fight sin in our lives. Those whose hearts have been transformed by the Gospel should be willing to make significant sacrifices, in order to avoid becoming ensnared by sexual sin. Things of great value should be given up if they are leading us into sin. The question we must ask ourselves is, “Am I willing to make significant sacrifice in my life for the sake of the Gospel, my relationships, and my marriage?”
Weekly Reading - Matthew 5-7; Leviticus 19:17-18; 1 John 3:15; Proverbs 6:25-29
Questions to Consider
How has anger impact your life? How do you process/handle your anger?
*When you find yourself angry ask God to help you understand why you are angry.
Do you have any relationships that need to be made right? What steps do you need to take to make them right?
*Pray and ask for humility, love, and grace in your approach to making things right.
What are you feeding your imagination? What steps do you need to take to have more of a “Gospel Imagination?”
*Input drives our imagination. Make sure you are inputing Gospel truths from God’s Word.