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Hello my name is Jerral Campfield and this web site is dedicated to Moral Recognition Therapy using Biblical principles. Please come back often to join me in understanding Gods hands are outstretched still to forgive.

Anger Management Part 5  E-mail
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 25 March 2005

Principles of Forgiveness are learned as we grow up in our homes; attend School and Church as children. The Bible addresses how we need to handle our relationships in a way they are positive and beneficial to us. Matthew 18 lays down some principle we need to remember.

1. Who is the Greatest in the Kingdom of God is asked in verse 1? Jesus calls little children to him and says Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 "Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 "Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.

Jesus Warns of Offenses

     6 "But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea. 7 "Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes! 8 "If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the everlasting fire. 9 "And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire.

So understand we are to be as little children who are learning how to get along without fighting. No doubt many have not learned how to control themselves and need correction from the father, mother, teacher, grandfather or grandmother, or maybe the preacher. A child knows the power of correction and discipline, wanting peace regardless of whom they are playing with, or just playing alone. We just do not grow up being nice and peaceable; we are born sinners, needing to be taught right. We need to be converted in order to become apart of the Kingdom of God.

Children just canít do anything they want too; they need to be taught right behavior and attitude. At this age it is so easy to offend and take things from someone else, feeling it is mine, when in fact someone else was playing with it first. It seems we are always wanting what some one else has and need to restrain ourselves and wait until they put it down no longer wanting to play with it, then we can pick it up and play with it. This then becomes a humbling experience; nothing is mine we need to learn to share. Soon we develop ownership it was either given to us or we earned it, and it needs to be shared. Who gave us life? Was it not God who created us? Does he not share this world with mankind? Does He not want us to share what we have with others just like that child on the play ground?

Letís allow the Lord to become King of Kings and Lord of Lords in every area of our lives. He bought us with His shed Blood upon the cross of Calvary, we are not our own we now have a purpose and that is to please Him.

It is so easy to offend one another today in the home, the Church, School or on the job. Even with politics Republicans against Democrats, Races against Races, poor against the rich. This offensiveness is become more intense as the coming of the Lord draws near in every area of life.

Look at terrorism through out the world, crime, wars, and fighting among families the Bible says, it would be better that people who offend others had never been born.  Then in verse 7 ďWoe to the world because of offencesĒ. Yes they are going to come just as in the play ground as a little child. What do offences do for us? Do they not allow us to control ourselves? Donít we have to be on guard for wrong behavior and attitudes? When we are we are growing in understanding know there are something we can control and others things totally out of our control. Lord help me to know the difference, so I do not get angry and lose my cool, and become offensive.

 Verses 8 to 9 give a picture of if our hand or foot offends us cut them off. It is better to go maimed in life, than to suffer in hell forever. Note it is our five senses of the body that get us into trouble, our eyes, what we are seeing? Our ears, what are we hearing? Our hands, what are we touching? Our nose, what are we sticking out nose in and smelling up? Our Mouth, what are we tasting? Words can be very damaging and offensive and we need to be aware of every idle word that comes from our mouth.

Then we have 1 Matt 18:10-14 (NKJV)10 "Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven. 11 "For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost. 12 "What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying? 13 "And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. 14 "Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

This is a very strong teaching Jesus practiced while upon the earth for He loved mankind and warned them many time of what they were doing that was offensive. People are going to make mistake, remember we are to be little children and donít they learn from there experiences. Do we not have a lot of people going astray from the principles of the Lord, wanting to do there thing feeding on their own pasture, We sometime need to understand the sheepherder needs all the sheep and canít afford to lose one. Look around you do you not see people going astray. People being offended over so many different thing and we seem to have the attitude that says who cares? New age has taught us since God is in us, you can do what you want, do not bother me and I will not bother you. So we are seeing in the Church 65 % divorce rate according to Dennis Raniey. Letís stop and count the sheep in the fold and do all we can to instruct, correct and encourage those among us.

Now we get into Anger management at the greatest degree in Matthew 18:15 to 20 this is a picture of true forgiveness and its power in building relationships.

 15 "Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. 16 "But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that 'by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.' 17 "And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector. 18 "Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. 19 "Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. 20 "For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them."

Donít children learn this early in life that if they do something wrong and corrected they grow in understanding of what it takes to have peace and how it is much better than anger that is uncontrolled.

This is still the pattern of our courts and Church order today. People need to have a fair trial to defend themselves and if they canít defend themselves, some one is going to give them a consequence. Faults are going to happen; we all are going to make mistakes. The question is what do you do, when you make a mistake?

Letís be quick today to acknowledge our faults and wrong and say Iím sorry before we are sent to jail, or imprisoned in the sins we are committing. Sin is missing the mark, and every time we miss the mark lets learn to correct ourselves, by asking the Lord to help us, and teach us how then shall we live.

The first step in recovery is understanding, we are powerless and need HELP. Where does our help come from the Lord or Satan?


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