An Age of Rage or Righteousness?

Ron Geschwendt

READ : Colossians 3:1-11

Righteous living might be at an all-time low. Anything goes. People do what feels good to them. Our technological advances in the Twentieth Century have taken giant leaps. But our belief in what is right and wrong is compromised. High standards for our conduct are modified in the classroom, the courts and the family.

The Bible has a lot to say about this. God is displeased with greed, filthy talk, anger and sexual impurity (3:8). He is pleased with kindness, gentleness and patience (3:12). Practicing these virtues will do the greatest good and bring the most happiness. During the next 30 days I invite you to explore the contrast of evil and good with me.

When my teen-age daughter first began to drive, she was forced off the expressway by another driver because, as he said, “She was driving too slow.” Only the presence of a state trooper kept him from harming my daughter. When people act out of control with rage, they beat on others, attack them, yell at them or even kill them. The Bible teaches the opposite, not resentment harbored in a godless heart which kills the fool obsessed by it (Job 36:13; 5:2).

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, forgive me for losing my temper. Help me to be kind, gentle and patient when trouble strikes.