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CLARITY – 12-20-19 Emotions NOT in Check


A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-20-19

Emotions NOT in Check 

What’s Happening: “A tragedy unfolded last weekend as two wedding-crashers, brothers, Josue Castaneda Ramirez, 19, and Rony Castaneda Ramirez, 28, beat to death the groom, Joe Melgoza, at his reception in Chino, California. An altercation escalated into a fight and the groom succumbed to his injuries at Chino Valley Medical Center. It was announced last Tuesday that the two alleged perpetrators would face murder charges. The two were arrested and held without bail ( One of the groom’s relatives, Alice Alvaez, was quoted as saying, ‘He was taken from us in such a tragic and horrific way, He leaves behind his daughter Lilly who will be in good hands with Joe’s family.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Perhaps the two’s hot-headedness was why they were not invited to the wedding.” 

Biblical Response:  “Who knows? There are a lot of unanswered questions here, but one thing is for certain: anger can lead to destructive violence. We are told, ‘Be angry, but sin not’ (Eph. 4:26). It is not a sin to experience any emotion…life would be pretty dull if passionless. The trick is to exhibit a little self-control BEFORE things get out of hand. The problem arises when we ‘fallen creatures’ (read Gen. 3) allow our passions to rule. Maybe we don’t exhibit any self-control because we were never told ‘no.’ If we did not get any discipline from the outside, we may look within for self-discipline and find the cupboard bare.”

“Christians? True believers have access to the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23), one of which is self-control. Without this, our unregenerate passions may rule…by default…and passion, unchecked, can escalate to violence.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to not let emotions take control…it doesn’t glorify anyone to let passion take over; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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