Features and Benefits

Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor, for we are members of one another. Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity. Ephesians 4:25-27

See my previous post. The “new man” operating system will filter out and delete past lies through humble confession, will alert you when you have the apparent opportunity to lie and advise against it, will formulate the truth in a direct but gracious way, and will activate the spirit’s power in you to communicate it.

A second useful feature is the new man’s anger management component. Again the spirit determines whether anger is righteous and determines the proper manner in which it should be manifested.

In the rare case the anger is righteous, it’s scheduled for prayer and contemplation before action. The new man program will even run a system-wide search just to make sure the anger’s indeed righteous and not a gray area.

If it’s clearly unrighteous, it will begin to dissipate as it’s immediately contrasted with our own shortcomings and God’s blessings. If there is an offender, the “speaking-the-truth-in-love” feature mentioned above may be activated, which carries a warning that a blind spot may be revealed in the angry one’s life.

Whatever the case, unrighteous anger will be deleted by the time the new man’s head hits the pillow.

The serious point of all this is that the “new man,” given free reign, will turn the devil’s opportunities into victories for the Holy Spirit.

About Rick Reynolds

You'll find me in the far right hand corner of evangelical Christianity. I defy more categorization than that. Been studying the Word for nigh on 40 years.
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