From Anger to Compassion

Wednesday, June 5, 2012

Psalm 109

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Take the psalmist as your model for prayer. Trust in God gives him space to express rage at injustice in words that even include cursing his enemies and wishing them destruction.

When we are angry with someone, we may feel like harming him or her. Begin to pray when anger surges. Give your thoughts and feelings to the Lord. Anger is best spent in the arena of prayer. You will come to that place of resting in the Spirit where you will move beyond anger at your enemies, to compassion for them, which ignites desires for their salvation.

We come to feel about others by the way in which we think about them. However, if we go further and pray for them, as Jesus teaches us, then our hearts will find peace, and joy will return.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
Be not silent, God of praise. v. 1
Act on my behalf, O Lord. v. 21
My heart is pierced within me. v. 22
With my mouth I give You thanks. v. 30

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This is the first of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year C.
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Wednesdays are dedicated the Psalms.

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One thought on “From Anger to Compassion

  1. v. 18 He made cursing a way of life, so curses poured into his stomach like water and seeped into his bones like oil. (NET)

    Lord, rescue me from my anger and hostile feelings to others.


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