025303 Finding God in the Mystery of every day.
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Galatians 5: 19 Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: sexual immorality, impurity, indecent behavior, 20 idolatry, witchcraft, hostilities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions, 21 envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
“…things like these” With every form of sin, debauchery, and unrighteousness proudly on display in the world today it is little wonder that Paul had to add this inclusion to his caveat. The very fact that they are evident ot the “enlightened” heart of a Christian should cause each and every one of us to look deep inside to see where these thoughts and temptations lie. As a certified
“grumpy old man” I recognize in myself that frustration and its parasite emotion, anger, can all too often lead me to “unbridle” my tongue and spew forth the very worst venom imaginable.
The focus of being in a relationship with the indwelling Holy Spirit is not something that can or should be ignored. The old axiom, “Act in haste, repent in leisure” is a kind way of saying you cannot undo words spoken in anger. Far too many Christian folk I know are nearly consumed by regret for words that were needlessly harmful.