A Thirty Second Devo
Let us admit it—by and large we are quick to be angry when we are personally affronted and offended, and slow to be angry when sin and injustice multiply in other areas. In these cases we are more prone to philosophize. In fact, the problem is even more complicated than that. Sometimes we get involved in a legitimate issue and discern, perhaps with accuracy, the right and wrong of the matter. However, in pushing the right side, our own egos get so bound up with the issue that in our view opponents are not only in the wrong but attacking us. When we react with anger, we may deceive ourselves into thinking that we are defending the Truth and the right, when deep down we are more concerned with defending ourselves. The Sermon on the Mount, An Evangelical Exposition of Matthew 5-7, by D. A. Carson
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Dene Ward has taught the Bible for more than forty years, spoken at women’s retreats and lectureships, and has written both devotional books and class materials. She lives in Lake Butler, Florida, with her husband Keith.