Keeping Your Testimony Intact - Spiritual Growth Encouragement Series - Arnie Cole Bible Verse: Ephesians 4: 15-16 Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. Reflect and Respond: Being passionate is good thing, but anger - not so much- because anger damages your testimony for Christ. So take a moment to consider how you might speak the truth in love to others. According to Ephesians 4: 15-16, what will this accomplish? May you be blessed as you share the truth and love of Christ! Prayer: Father, thank you for bringing me into your family. Help me to speak the truth in love, not anger so that nothing stands in the way of me becoming more like Christ. Amen If you like this, please share the video with your family and friends:
Yes, Arnie let us pray for each other, on this anger problem and read God's word on the daily basis, thank you Arnie for the most needed spiritual encouragement.
When I have to have a courageous conversation, I always pray for the right words and for the Holy Spirit to soften the heart and ears of the person I need to speak with.
After I became a christian, i had many outbursts of anger. Mainly because of injustice I saw. And I justified it by saying God gets so angry, he flooded the world !! Then one day I read Galatians 5:19-20 "outbursts of wrath" ..will Not inherit the kingdom of God.. It hit me like a sword in my heart. Conviction And I ask God, how in the world do you deal with people who do so wrong. Within a week or so I found a booklet on how to deal with anger. That was many, many years ago And I'm grateful He taught me how to Love
Thanks for sharing!
Great, but challenging scripture, Amen that is what I work on thoughout the day. Thank God for his compassion and grace.
It’s easy to control my anger at work or in public, but much harder to control at home (with the people that mean the most to me) Lord help me to be more like you each day and to love others as you love me.
I had terrible anger issues in 2013. The Lord dealt with me in a different way. He kept sending me dream that people (mean people) were after me and accusing me of murdering someone. Night after night I had these nightmares and the nightmares had gotten so bad that I was at the point where I could not tell the dreams from reality in my dreams. I would wake up from the dream and it would literally take me a few seconds or more to figure out that I was home in my own bed. I found out that anger is the same thing as murder according to the word of God and I had to do some repenting and some forgiving. God wanted me to let that anger go and forgive myself and those who hurt me. I sometimes still struggle with anger and forgiving but I have to forgive if I want to be forgiven and I do.
when i came to the realization that all anger is ...... , is not getting what i want done, not getting others to accept my view, and not enjoying the outcome of what others do, i realized God comes first and all those selfish emotions are nothing but wasted energy and time. so....i think on good things today, and sit in the grandstands and watch the parade go by.....praying without ceasing! thank you for your peace Jesus
I know trying to control anger, when other times it just get the best of us. I try to read the bible and meditate the word of God;
It's so easy to lose my temper.
I think the message here is a good one for us to take to heart. However, I don't like the phrase"pissed off". I think ticked off or something would be a better way to put it. I know that this is a common phrase, but I do wonder about the testimony part. Thank you for taking the time to make these videos.
Anger is in my growth areas ever since I first took the goTandem assessment. I managed to improve some aspects but I know that I have to be consistent in keeping my anger in check. Thank you Arnie, I will start my days with this prayer.
I love the phrase that you can't change tomorrow unless you start working on today. That applies to so many aspects, including anger. This is a great reminder that there we all need Grace, and there is no better time than now.
I agree with NAT Comments below! quick to listen slow to speak
Tk u Arnie. I wish I’d seen this video yesterday as I lost my temper on a phone call re a bill.
I'm glad you were here to read it!
Thank you, Arnie. I needed to read this.
James said that we are to be slow to speak and quick to listen. This ties into what Paul wrote here in Ephesians 4. We are to intentional with our words. Our words are the outflow of our heart. So when we are angry, it manifests itself in our words. I have unfortunately dug myself into many holes by not controlling my tongue when angered. Good thoughts, Arnie.
Thanks Arnie, it's amazing to me how easy little bits of anger can distract and impact my day without even knowing it, until i'm surprised with real bouts of anger. It always helps me when a loved one can speak truth during these times. I'm so thankful for my Christian family around me.
Very Frank and encouraging!
A little anger can quickly grow into something that can get out of hand. Thanks for the reminder to reflect Christ's love to those around us.
A very good Scripture passage to remember in the heat of the moment.
I love that verse! God had it played out for me in my life about a year and a half ago when my anger boiled over once--not in a huge way, but a noticeable way. And a friend pulled me aside after, and 'speaking the truth in love' reminded me that I'm a Christian and can be better than that. Most of all, they reminded me that I was part of the body of Christ--meaning I'm not alone and not expected to carry out this mission alone. It's been so much better since, not just in keeping my anger in check, but in actually finding joy every day in reminding myself that I'm a loved and valued member of the body of Christ.
I usually try to swallow my frustrations, though I am sometimes guilty of saying something Sotto voce. Not quite hearable. Naturally the person that I'm frustrated with is the hubby. I wish I knew how to speak in love..
My pastor often says that there's always a fear behind anger. I find that when I take the time to let my anger cool and to spend time thinking about what fear lies beneath it, I can respond in a more loving (AND CALM!) way.
Staying angry will only steal the joy that God has given us.
Such a good reminder to find healthy ways to process anger. Fear, frustration, and/or hurt are often the drivers of anger and I am learning to process the underlying issues causing anger. Thank you for this great reminder!
I see from today's verse that speaking the truth in love not only helps us grow, but it helps others grow as well. Interesting.