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ANGER

PASTOR JOHN TIMOTHY

I was only 5 years old when my life was turned upside down. I heard a knocking on the door, and that’s when it all began. At that moment, men we did not know barged in and started severely beating both my Mom and my Dad!

1 John 4:16 talks about God being love. But what I saw that morning had nothing to do with love. I mean if God were really Love why would he allow my parents to get beaten so severely!

Due to the events of that day I became very violent and angry. I was angry with everyone including God. I joined the gangs to find fulfillment, but nothing could satisfy me. I got to the point where I tried to commit suicide on three separate occasions.

My Dad always told me that “sometimes people need to go through struggles and hardships in life”. But that never made much sense to me, that is, until I turned 18 years old and my Dad decided I was going to be a pastor.

I thought to myself, a pastor, really, I don’t even like God; I just want to be a gangster. I thought Christianity was for old people and the people who didn’t have any friends. But regardless of my thoughts, my Dad sent me to America to become a pastor and after only a short while of being in America I decided to take an enjoyable dive in a swimming pool. The only problem with the swimming pool idea was that was no one asked if I could swim, and as soon as I jumped in I began to sink!

Now, I was never afraid of dying, but at that moment, I was very afraid! I was afraid because I knew that as I was sinking down to the bottom of the pool, I was also being dragged towards Hell itself. I knew then and there that there was only one person who could save me, and that person was Jesus Christ.

So in the water I prayed to God, I prayed that if He would just touch my life, I would die for Him. What made this so amazing is that Jesus touched my life right then and there. Right then and there he healed me of all my hatred and anger. Then suddenly God gave my Dad and his friend a feeling that there was something wrong, and they immediately ran to the pool area and jumped in to save my life. My Dad saved my life that day, but Jesus Christ saved my life for eternity.

Since that day I no longer have the hatred, anger and suicidal feelings. Jesus had changed my life, and he can change yours too!

QUESTION 1. Do you have unresolved anger or hatred towards anyone? If so, please identify the anger and who you are angry or frustrated with.
QUESTION 2. Do you want to be free from this anger and frustration? Have you already tried, but to no avail?
CHALLENGE: If you’re dealing with hatred or anger due to something that happened in your life, God can help you! He will help you overcome your bitterness if you just call out and ask him to. Jesus proclaimed, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” So go to Him now and find the eternal rest that only He can give!