Anger to Love

Rob Sunday AM, Worship Leave a Comment

Stop lying and be honest, for we belong to one another.

Let go of anger and make peace instead.

Encourage those who would steal, for example, to work with honest labour, and share what they make with the poor.

Resist words that hurt and speak instead to encourage each other, so that words will help whoever might hear them grow stronger.

Let go of bitterness and rage, anger, slander, and hatred.

Instead, be kind and tender-hearted, and forgive one another, remembering that God in Christ has forgiven us.

Above all, imitate God, because we are God’s beloved children; and live in love, because Christ loves us – a beautiful, fragrant love.

Rev Rob Stoner, 12 August 2018
at The Corner Uniting Church, Warradale, South Australia.

Ephesians 4:25 – 5:2 (NRSV)

So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbours, for we are members of one another. Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not make room for the devil. Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labour and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy. Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption. Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you. Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

We put away falsehood, lies, deceitful words and actions.
We take up truth, honesty, openness in our words and actions.

We put away anger that leads us to cause harm with our words and actions.
We take up words and actions that help create peace.

We put away stealing, greed, grasping for all we can get for ourselves.
We take up honest work with our hands, to have something to share with those in need.

We put away evil talk, mean words, insults, slander, and judgment of others.
We take up speech that builds others up, encourages, comforts, and offers others hope.

We put away bitterness, revenge, the desire to cause others harm.
We take up kindness, tender-hearted attitudes, forgiving one another.

All that we put away we leave at the feet of Jesus, the crucified one.
All that we take up we do so in the hope which comes from Jesus, the resurrected one.

Hear us as we pray and live in us anew this day Jesus, Lord of our lives.


Tender Hearted, Prayerful Colouring, ©Mark Hewitt 2015

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