Colossians 3:8 But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth.

For about 5 weeks now, I have been having a pity party. It hasn’t been one that people can really notice, but in my heart, I have been whining like a two year old. My lip is sticking out and I have been pouting. I have had the why me’s, the I can’t take it’s, and the I am done’s for way to long.

Life has kind of sucked! But at the same time, it has been blessed! Ever been there?
But this morning, I went on a hike with my son. We walked through the woods in the quite of the morning. Just us two and nature. He is 12 and will be 13 in July, so we were discussing that it is time that he starts acting like a young man instead of a boy. I was telling him that in order to do that, he needed to start getting control of his mouth and his emotions. I was telling him the older he got the less he could act like a little boy throwing fits and letting his mouth run wild. (I have experience in this area) As he became more like a man, had to get control of it. Then it kind of dawned on me that I was preaching to myself.

You see, my actions weren’t obvious to most people, but they were to God. God can see my heart and my heart has been throwing some fits over the last few weeks. I have been mad in my heart and God knew it.
In Colossians, Paul is telling them to put aside their anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech. He isn’t just talking about the physical aspects of these things. He’s also talking about the heart of the matter as well.

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So this morning, I told my heart to shut it up! I told it to stop being angry, to stop losing control, and to stop being hateful! I told it to grow up and to be a man, a godly man! Because Paul goes on a few verses later and tells us what our heart should truly be… 12 So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.

So if you have an unruly heart, take a moment and tell it to shut it up! Repent and let the Holy Spirit do a little heart surgery! It has already helped me!

God bless and share your faith,
Pastor Jody