How do we respond to Anger?
For me recently, I had I brought three parents in book books, because our response to our five-year-olds tantrums and three-year-olds, tantrums have not been that great.
How are you doing with your anger management?
The whole thing about race has been interesting, isn't it? Because there's been this global reaction, and some have responded better than others. And I've loved that people have responded well.
And if anger management is an issue for you, well, you're in great company. It's something we all grow in.
Going back to this passage, why I love it so much, is that at the heart of Jesus response is his desire for us to know God, fully. You know that is not through sacrifices that we buy our way into God's presence is not through best behaviour. It's the fact that we all have complete access to God, not by our works, but through the work of Jesus.
It is through Jesus' ultimate sacrifice on the cross, taking our place on the cross, that we get full access into God's presence. God's word promises us that all those who come to the Father do so through Jesus. And that is not by our own works, we can't earn our way. It is by God's grace, undeserved favour. Regardless of our sin, Jesus has paid the price and invites us in. And that is the best news I've ever heard.
And what's more, what's even better, is we read later in the New Testament, that it is our bodies, our very selves that are the living temples. Now, what this means is that we don't need to go to a building to pray or be close to God. God has designed it for us to is for our life to be a house of prayer at the end of the day. That's what Jesus is paying the price for that our lives are a place where he can dwell. It means that today we can pray to the God of the universe who knows us and made us for a relationship with Him.