‘Touched by a loving hand’

I think that today’s study contains some great words.

Selwyn spends more last day looking at God’s question to Cain: ‘Why are you angry?’

He writes: ” … What God is concerned about is that we listen to our emotions, whether they be anger, guilt, shame, emptiness or despair, and hear what they are telling us about our relationship with Him. How they help us answer His first question: ‘Where are you?’ ( in terms of our relationship with Him).

God’s concern in asking questions, is to help us find emotional wholeness in Christ. The Holy Spirit can empower our lives so that we are able to face and feel negative emotions without being overwhelmed by them. The cross absorbs the anger and hate we may feel at being overlooked, the rage we feel at  being slighted or denied our perceived rights.

Only the Spirit of the crucified Christ can strengthen us to open up again when we have been hurt, love again when we have been rejected. … “

I found the above words to be quite powerful –  to hold onto the image of being at the foot of the cross, with Jesus looking down; and asking: ‘Why do you feel sad, angry and rejected?’ Then feel the touch of His loving hand, as all these negative emotions fall away,  to leave only joy and peace.

What are your thoughts?

‘The changing of the guard’

First off, I found it an interesting title, which Selwyn gave to today’s study – as it has only a little to do with the subject of today’s study: anger. In particular King Saul’s anger directed at David. [1 Samuel 18:1-9]

He writes: “As we have said that anger is usually the direct result of a goal being blocked, we need to ask: what was Saul’s goal? Probably the approval and commendation of his people. … David’s popularity was now blocking that goal – hence the arousal of his anger. …

If King Saul’s goal in life had been to please God, nothing could have blocked his goal, but because he was more interested in the praise of the people than in the commendation of God, he lost his way and ultimately lost his kingdom.”

The same is true for us; when we focus more on what other people think of us  (and that is an issue to do with pride) – the less we will focus on God’s will for our lives. A simple truth; but so hard for many to understand and apply it to their own lives. Do you agree?