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25 May 2021

Proverbs 19:19

A hot-tempered person must pay the penalty;
    rescue them, and you will have to do it again.

You will have to bail the angry man out of jail again, or defend him in the principal’s office again, or speak up for him at work again, or whatever the circumstance may be. A person whose temper explodes gets himself into trouble time and again.

He may be a well-intentioned person; he may even be kind. But if he cannot control his temper, all of his good intentions and kindnesses are lost in the wave of his temper tantrums. It is the wrath that is remembered. It is the wrath that lingers about him. And sooner or later, he must pay the penalty. He lands in jail and does not get out. He is expelled from school. He is fired from his job. And it is his reputation as a “man of wrath” that stays pinned on him. He is disqualified for leadership; he cannot serve as an elder (1 Timothy 3:3).

At best he is tolerated. “You know _____. That’s just the way he is.” The best hope for him is to receive the consequences of his wrath, and thus be stirred enough to get the help he needs. Only humility is powerful enough to control anger, and humility comes through bearing the consequences of one’s behavior.

Do you have a problem with wrath? You will not make headway until you own up to your sin and do not excuse it nor try to minimize its severity. Do not underestimate its power to ruin your reputation and destroy your successes. Humility is your only hope.

 

Revelation 4

After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne. Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. In front of the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits[a] of God. Also in front of the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal.

In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle. Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying:

“‘Holy, holy, holy

is the Lord God Almighty,’[b]

who was, and is, and is to come.”

Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:

11 “You are worthy, our Lord and God,
    to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
    and by your will they were created
    and have their being.”