The one who is slow to anger has great understanding. [Prov 14:29]
The Lord passed by before him and proclaimed: “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger.” The Lord is not slow concerning his promise, as some regard slowness, but is being patient toward you, because he does not wish for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
Therefore, be imitators of God as dearly loved children. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. For this finds God’s favor, if because of conscience toward God someone endures hardships in suffering unjustly. If you do good and suffer and so endure, this finds favor with God. Christ … suffered for you, leaving an example for you to follow in his steps. When he was maligned, he did not answer back; when he suffered, he threatened no retaliation, but committed himself to God who judges justly.
Be angry and do not sin.
~ Samuel Bagster ~
[Exod 34:6, 2 Pet 3:9, Eph 5:1, Gal 5:22-23, 1 Pet 2:19-21, 1 Pet 2:23, Eph 4:26]
“The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion, and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”
[1 Samuel 17:37]
as I face the Philistine giant of contempt, or the lions of judgment and injustice, help me to take my slingshot of faith and slay the giants of doubt and fear.
The Spontaneity Of Love
Love suffereth long, and is kind . . . [1 Corinthians 13:4-8]
Love is not premeditated, it is spontaneous, i.e., it bursts up in extraordinary ways. There is nothing of mathematical certainty in Paul's category of love. We cannot say – “Now I am going to think no evil; I am going to believe all things.” The characteristic of love is spontaneity. We do not set the statements of Jesus in front of us as a standard; but when His Spirit is having His way with us, we live according to His standard with out knowing it, and on looking back we are amazed at the disinterestedness of a particular emotion, which is the evidence that the spontaneity of real love was there. In everything to do with the life of God in us, its nature is only discerned when it is past.
The springs of love are in God, not in us. It is absurd to look for the love of God in our hearts naturally, it is only there when it has been shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit.
If we try to prove to God how much we love Him, it is a sure sign that we do not love Him. The evidence of our love for Him is the absolute spontaneity of our love, it comes naturally. In looking back we cannot tell why we did certain things, we did them according to the spontaneous nature of His love in us. The life of God manifests itself in this spontaneous way because the springs of love are in the Holy Ghost. (Romans 5:5.)
~ Oswald Chambers ~