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Thoughts: “Be ye angry, and sin not . . . .”
“Be ye angry, but sin not . . . .”
We have been taught that both “and” and “but” are conjunctions. “And” signals a logical following action. “I saw my friend, and I waved.”
“But” signals a change of direction. “I detest Brussel sprouts, but I ate them when Aunt Atossa served them for dinner.”
Realistically, we know that angry feelings will come, unless you live alone in a mountain hut and see no one. Even then, you might become angry with a rabbit who feasted on the emerging carrots in your garden. Or a raucous blue jay who wakened you from a delicious morning sleep.
If we do become angry and sin not, perhaps we may begin to enter a state of grace. Could we learn to quell our anger and not be tempted to sin?
Discussion: How would you define “righteous anger”?
Activity: Ephesians 4:32 is worth memorizing. “And be ye kind one to another, tender hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
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