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He Did It First

"To worry yourself to death with resentment would be a foolish thing to do" (Job 5:2).

Of all the things out there that can weaken our lives and our resolve, resentment is one of them. The rationale used for being resentful is often a very simple one that that is heavy with excuses. One of the chief excuses is my title this morning... Its alright to be resentful because someone hurt me first. The dangerous thing about being resentful is the anger that foments within us. The anger is justified by simply saying, but he did it first... The writer of the Book of Proverbs says this: "A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control" (29:11). Lets make no mistake about it... We must do everything in our power to maintain our spiritual strength, and resentment will weaken our spiritual life if we allow it to. James gives us some wonderful advice about getting angry... "My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires" (1:19-20). With this possibility of being resentful always wanting to rear its ugly head, how do we avoid it? The armor of Eph.6 should afford us the protection we need as we are strong in the Lord and in His mighty power... The truth of God's Word tells us to avoid anger, as the breastplate of righteousness is in place. With our feet fitted with the readiness of His gospel of truth, the shield of faith can extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one. Satan wants us to be resentful because it will lead us to act poorly in other ways too... Jesus teaching about going the extra mile, turning the other cheek, and giving up your cloak, lets us know that there is no place for resentment in the Christian life... Even if he did it first....

Have a wonderful day... Let His light shine through you... Love mark Phil.4:11

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