“A man of great wrath shall suffer punishment: for if thou deliver him, yet thou must do it again.”
“A hot-tempered person must pay the penalty; rescue them, and you will have to do it again.” (NIV)
I once worked with a young man whose uncle was the manager.
He did not like me. I did what was required of me and tried to help everyone get along, while he did the bare minimum and got into fights with everyone.
Nobody really liked him, and we all tried to report each of his offenses. His uncle simply shrugged it all off and covered for him.
This guy did not like being corrected, being told he was wrong, or being told what to do. He would get angry each time, even over the simplest of things.
He would get into a fight over something, and things would have to be fixed by the rest of us. His uncle would cover for him, and the next day it would happen again.
Too many churches today preach a message of positive thinking and good works. The message tends to be somewhere along the lines of being sincere, doing enough good works to look good, or to keep plugging away until things work out well.
The pastors and leaders of these churches are little better than motivational speakers.
The danger of preaching these kinds of messages: without any acknowledgement of our sins, we are cursed to repeat them.
Many people, through only receiving these messages, never come to realize the true need for a Savior. This is not Someone who necessarily saves them from the effects of their sins, because He wants them to know the dangers of their sins.
This Someone saves us from the eternal implications.
Merciful Savior, grant us control of our emotions. Help us to find the peace only You can offer, that we may be at peace with ourselves, our world, and with You, that we may help others overcome this world and not fall into trouble time and time again.