Quick to Get Mad

by Pat Farrell

It makes me so angry! The other day when I opened the news app on my phone, I saw an article about an atheist running for office in Tennessee and immediately, I got mad.

It’s enough watching the moral degradation of our country. Everyday people are turning further and further away from God. In defiance of His Word, they work against Him in trying to create laws and even programs to further divide His people and indoctrinate our young folks into a secular and self-serving people.

Now THIS! I want to be like Elijah in these last days. As the country turns further from God, I want to turn closer to Him. I want to be bold and brave and stand up for His righteousness.

Typing furiously, I shared the article with the headlines, “We are in a spiritual battle. Believe – Pray and VOTE!”

And then I sat down to read my daily devotion.

Our God is so good. No matter how far I get off track, He is there to gently guide me back. What did I read that day? Jonah.

I was just like Jonah, sitting under that vine mad about Nineveh. God sent Jonah to tell Nineveh if they didn’t change their ways, He would overturn the city in 40 days. And, like Jonah, I had no compassion for this woman, but anger wanting to see her voted out on her head.

What I should have been concerned with was her soul. I’m sorry, Lord. My post was not what you would have wanted me to share. You love this woman and would love to see her come to You.

I edited my words on that post to say “Believe – Pray! Pray God sends someone to turn her heart towards Him. Pray that she comes to know His great love and compassion not only for her but also for His people of Tennessee.”

There, Lord, I did it. Thank you for showing me that first and foremost before judgment comes, you want people to repent of their sins and come to know You.

And thank you for forgiving me for flying off the handle and getting mad. Now, Lord, I still want and will encourage folks to vote Godly people into office, but I’m here to love them, forgive them and be an example of how it is and what it looks like to live for You.

“Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade men…For God’s love compels us, because we are convinced that One died for all, and therefore all died. And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again.” 2 Corinthians 5: 11; 15-16

Pat Farrell is a CEP life coach and certified lay minister for the Wytheville District United Methodist Church She can be reached at pat@patfarrellcoach.com or 276-223-8210.

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