An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Anger Evangelism

(Proverbs 15:1 KJV)  A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

Why would we want to “turn away” (7725) “wrath” (2534)?  My first reason is to save myself from being the target.  My spiritual concern is self seeking.  I want to avoid discomfort.  I am not sure that is the right motivation.  Following Christ does not mean that we are doing our own thing or advancing our own agenda.  It means we are serving others and looking out for them.
(Philippians 2:3-4 KJV)  Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.  Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
Why be careful in our response to others?  Because we want them to know the blessing of salvation and if they are consumed with anger at us they will not be willing to listen to God.

So?  Think of it as a characteristic of witnessing and evangelism.  Fires are usually put out by denying the flame oxygen, not by attacking the fire. 

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