Today’s sermon was titled, “Please Go to Bed Angry.”
What??? We all know what the Bible tells us:
So how could our pastor, Mary Grace Reynolds tell us to go to bed angry?
What a weird twist on a well-known scripture, huh?
What was the point she was making?
Here are the notes I took as I listened to today’s sermon:
Sit with yourself in silence
Long enough to feel the anger
That’s hidden inside of you.
If you’re not angry,
You’re not really livin’ –
Anger is a quiet, deep given.
Anger leads to rage and hatred.
Anger leads to destruction –
And we might not know it’s there.
I’m angry, and I name it.
I see it; I control it.
Paul tells us, “Walk away!”
Don’t let your anger lead you to sin.
Some people hurt us intentionally
And the gospel says, “Walk away!”
But there are people in our lives
Who need to be there –
And we may find some of them “angry.”
What do we do with anger?
Acknowledge it, define it, use it.
Let it build for the common good.
When I “feel” anger,
It doesn’t have to define me.
Sleep on that anger and address it.
Weather the conflict and
Don’t let it divide us.
Initiate the pain confrontation.
Managing anger demands strength
And a clearness of mind.
Let it be the light illuminating
a better way forward.
Anger is like boiling water inside you.
It bubbles up and alerts you
To the need to get it up and out.
Righteous anger is addressed
In the Bible very clearly when
Jesus overturned the tables.
The money changers were
Ripping off the worshipers.
Jesus would have none of that!
John 2:15 15 So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. Matthew 21:12 12 Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. Mark 11:15 15 On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves…
If Jesus had slept on that anger,
Might he have responded differently?
I doubt it. The situation was untenable!
Some actions and incidences
Deserve our righteous anger.
No need to sleep on it!
But other reasons for anger
Are not so clear cut!
Let the resolution stew a while!
After sleeping on it,
You may find there is a better solution
Than the one you thought of yesterday.
Let God speak to you.
Listen to His calming influence.
So, while we may embrace the right to be angry,
And we may feel justified exhibiting righteous anger,
The real path to a peaceful, joyful, and fulfilling life
Is the path described in Colossians 3:12. It’s my choice!
How about you?