Eating My Words

Welcome  I recently had to delete a post from the blog.  Many of you probably never saw the original post to begin with.  It was titled Misdirected Anger.  In the post, I made some claims about the emotion of anger that were not supported by scripture.  While working through a personal Bible study, I glanced over several verses that contradicted my statements about anger.  I promise, the last thing I want to do in my faith-first approach to blogging, is lead anyone astray!  I like to be real and honest with my audience, knowing that I make mistakes too.  When I don’t feel good about a message I’ve shared, I want to address it.

After reading several passages, I deleted the post, which wasn’t that good to begin with, in hindsight.  Today, I will be sharing some of those found passages with you and, in a sense, eating my words.  I hope you will understand that when things like this are brought to my attention I want to fix them as soon as possible.  I also apologize to anyone who was confused or disappointed with my previous post on anger.

Today’s Scripture

Food For Thought  Anger is a tricky subject.  We all get angry from time to time, some more often than others.  But instead of just accepting my anger, I need to address it and work on it as I would any other weakness in my spiritual life.

Anger is an emotion, as I mentioned in the deleted post, but when I stumbled upon this passage in Matthew, chapter 5, I was afraid I might be making light of the whole anger issue.  “Liable to judgement” covers everything from murder to anger in these verses, so I might want to step carefully around this common emotion.

I think, maybe, this verse is saying if you remain angry you are liable to judgement.  Or, maybe, every time I’m angry with someone, I need to ask God forgiveness, just like I would for any other falter I make.  I’m trying to make sense of the words of Jesus while also dealing with the reality that I will get angry from time to time.

There’s no doubt that anger can make us behave less like Jesus and more like a demon.  Anger gets in the way of the love we should show for others, which is the greatest command.  So, the less anger we have, the better off we will be in our example to others and in our own personal walk with God.

Anger is an emotion or reaction that is within our control, just like envy, jealousy, bitterness, negativity, or lust.  I will make a quick disclaimer here, because I know there are certain mental illnesses where outbursts of anger are not always within the individual’s control.  That is a different category that falls under illness, rather than choice.  As a general rule, though, we can choose when and how we get angry and we certainly control the type of response we make in these situations.

I’m not saying “Don’t get angry”, as that would be as impossible as me saying “Don’t sin.”  I am sharing passages of scripture that address the topic, which would be God’s directive.  I believe the Bible describes occasions when God becomes angry, often using words like “wrath of God,” but God was concerned about how we would react in our anger, so He has provided us His words of wisdom on the subject.  Here are five more scriptures to address this topic of anger.


Ephesians 4:31It won’t be easy, but let us strive to get rid of as much anger as we can, casting it away with the other things that may weigh us down or distract us from our goal, which is to Love God with all our heart and to love one another, as He loves us.

Today’s Recipe

The only time I like to eat my words is when I’m eating alphabet soup! But sometimes, we make mistakes with what we say. Even with the best of intentions, we still may have to clean up a mess left behind by our words.

Still, alphabet soup is pretty good. Especially when winter just won’t go away! Today I’m sharing my homemade Alphabet Soup with Hamburger and Vegetables.

Hamburger and Vegetable Alphabet Soup

Makes a large pot to serve a crowd!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup EACH diced celery, diced onion, and sliced carrot
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 lbs. lean ground beef
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup alphabet pasta shapes (I used DaVinci brand found at my local supermarket)
  • 1 16-oz bag frozen mixed vegetables

Directions

Heat olive oil in large soup pot. Add diced vegetables, salt and pepper and cook 4-5 minutes.

Stir vegetables to the side of the pot. Add ground beef and break up with spoon or spatula. Cook until hamburger is no longer pink.

Stir hamburger and vegetables together. Add beef broth and bring to a boil. Add frozen vegetables and pasta. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer until pasta and vegetables are tender, ten to fifteen minutes.

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