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As Far As the East is From the West

Good morning. It is Wednesday, October 20, 2021.

Have you heard that expression “what a difference a day makes”?

Have you ever experienced that in way that made it true in your life?

When emotions are running high, we often say and do things we regret. We talk to people in language that we later apologize for or try to forget.

Feelings can really get in the way of how and when we communicate with others. Feelings can be very dangerous. Giving-way to our negative emotions all the time can lead to heartache and separation from the people that love you most.

The Bible says, “A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back.” Proverbs 29:11 NKJV

Do you know anyone like that? Someone who is always angry, always venting, always talking bad about others. Someone who is always negative and rarely positive. They are not pleasant to be around. You tip toe and guard yourself. It can become exhausting.

Is it okay to be angry occasionally? Of course, but in that anger, we are cautioned not to sin.

Ephesians 4:26-27 “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.” – NKJV

In other words, if you get mad about something or someone, work it out before you go to bed. If we let things go on and on, the devil has us right where he wants us. He can keep adding fuel to our anger, and he does! Nothing, I am sure, gives him more pleasure than causing division in families.

“A wrathful man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger allays contention.” - Proverbs 15:18 NKJV

So, what is the solution? I am glad you asked. 😊 The Bible has all the answers.

“…do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” - Romans 12:2 NKJV

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV

Let us break down those last two verses.

1) Do not worry!

a. My dictionary tells me the definition of anxious is experiencing worry, unease, or nervousness, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.

b. Not only should you not worry, but you should not worry about anything. Nothing. Zilch.

2) Instead of worry, pray with supplication!

a. My dictionary tells me the definition of supplication is the action of asking or begging for something earnestly or humbly.

b. Synonyms: entreaty · plea · appeal · petition · solicitation · exhortation · urge · request · application · beseeching · begging · pleading…too name a few.

3) Do the above with thanksgiving

a. My dictionary tells me the definition of thanksgiving is the expression of gratitude, especially to God.

b. Synonyms: reverence · worshipping · veneration · adoration · devotion · praising · glorifying · exalting · extolling · homage · respect · honoring · esteem · magnification…to name a few.

4) Tell God what you need

5) The resulting action is feeling a peace that you cannot explain. A peace that will guard your heart and your mind against worry and anger.

What a difference a day CAN make when we are open to forgiving and asking for forgiveness.

The same is true with God. His mercies are new every morning.

“This I recall to my mind; therefore, I have hope. Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!” - Lamentations 3:21-24 NKJV

All we need to do is ask for forgiveness. He is ready and willing to forget all about it!

As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:12 NKJV

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