An acquaintance was met recently and it was remarked that he had made himself scarce over the past several months.
“I thought you were mad at me.”
The reply to this declaration (which was in error) was simple and to the point.
“I don’t often get angry. It’s such an UNPRODUCTIVE emotion. I try to stay away from it.”
“Really? So you weren’t mad at me?”
“Nope. Like I said, I don’t often get angry. What gave you the idea that I was mad at you?”
“Well, you were VERY abrupt during our last conversation. That’s usually a sign that someone is mad.”
“I am abrupt often enough. It’s a way of making sure a person UNDERSTANDS the ‘ground rules.’ Doesn’t mean I’m angry.”
“Well, I thought you were mad at me for something.”
“The Bible says that becoming angry is evil.”
“Oh yeah? Lotta folks won’t be too happy to hear that.”
“Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.”
And that was the way that particular line of discussion ended.
DOES the reader often get angry?
It is not YET too late: there is still a LITTLE time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: July 25, 2022.]
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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier
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