“Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret- it leads only to evil. For evil men will be cut off; but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.”
It’s so important that we should not be harbouring bitterness or anger in our hearts for the things that have happened to us or our family. God says “Refrain” which means stop doing it. Now God would not tell us to stop doing something that was impossible to stop. We have the ability to refrain from losing our temper and we have the ability to forgive. Now these things might not come easy, but our prayer should be “Lord, I am finding it difficult to not be angry with this person or to forgive that person – Lord, Help me to be able to Love and forgive as your Son forgave those who persecuted him”. The Lord’s Prayer comes all to easy to us, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us”. God recognises our humanity, all HE wants us to do is also recognise that with His help we can change. Such wisdom is here for fretting only leads to evil. If we are angry then we pass this on to those around us, possibly causing them to sin. Anger and bitterness never solves anything, but we have the promise that those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land. Who do you want to be in control of your emotions? Others or Jesus?
“A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found, but the meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace. The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them; but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming. The wicked draw the sword and bend the bow to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose ways are upright. But their swords will pierce their own hearts, and their bows will be broken.”
We are reminded that vengeance belongs to the Lord and He will call to account all those that oppress His people, and that includes us with regard to our relationships with other Christians. I may be suffering and frustrated as I look around me to those who appear to be succeeding while my family struggles, but I will still take delight in the Lord, for I know that I am beloved of God and He dismisses them with a laugh for they are foolish and blind and have chosen a path of destruction. Give thanks to the Lord at all times.
I have known the above to be true; people who have taken delight in coming against me unjustly are no longer around me. God has moved me on and placed me in place where I can be the person He wants me to be. His purposes cannot be thwarted.