We are made to show what God is like but we’re also ruined. Little decisions will be filled with possibilities to do brilliant things. The reason you’re doing those things is because you’re greedy. Even the good things are badly motivated. In our choices, you are loved. We’ve all been forgiven even for the bad stuff we’re going to do. God brought us near through Jesus, no matter how far away we were. The image of God we were made to reflect can only be done by a church community.
It is this gospel of God’s free, guaranteed kindness that will change your life. The same message that God forgives you in Christ will change you and rebuild you.
Confront the brutal facts
Maybe you never scream or shout but maybe you cruelly or sarcastically bring others down. That’s a way of being angry without yelling. Instead of speaking the truth in love, you can speak in untruth about them. We think it’s normal. Planning evil isn’t beyond us. Malice is a way of being angry. It means God can’t rebuild us together.
Why are you angry?
Anger will draw you into sin in a way it didn’t for Jesus. There is a way of dealing with people who wrong you that doesn’t involve anger. It’s a heart problem. Our hearts are deeply committed to things that aren’t true. You need to change your heart.
When you’re a Christian you are never far from God. The way God feels and acts towards you in that sin is kindness. God welcomes you in Jesus. God feels deep compassion for you. Have you made that your own? If it’s you versus anger, you’ll always fail.
Jesus’ death is offering us forgiveness in God. As a forgiven person you can say that the wrong done against you was really wrong, but Jesus died for it. You can be free from the malice and bitterness.