Day 12: Hindrances to Love

God freely gives His Love to us, and gives us His Grace as we learn to live our lives according to that love.  As we grow in our love walk, we must be aware of the hindrances that may prevent us from receiving and releasing God’s love.  One such hindrance is anger.

 Now, not all anger is wrong.  There are instances of righteous anger.  The anger I am writing about is unrighteous anger, described in Ephesians 4, James 1, Galatians 5 and other scriptures.  This is anger that leads to bitterness, strife, and evil works. 

 Losing our temper and having fits of anger are red flags that we have strayed from the path of Love.  Do not be deceived by thinking this is just a personality quirk.  Anger is generated from a place of self-centeredness, and can only be cured when we intentionally change our focus from “self” to God.  Unrighteous anger will harden your heart and prevent you from receiving from your Heavenly Father.  Are there areas of your life where you are prone to anger? 

 My prayer for you is that as you spend time in God’s Presence you become more and more like Him and the compassion that flows from His heart will also flow from yours.

 Reading:  James 1:19-22; 1 Peter 4:8; Ephesians 4:26-32; Ephesians 5:1-2; Romans 15:1-2