The Anger from Within

The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.—Luke 6:45

Often times we tend to blame our sin on others.  When we talk about rebellion, we often excuse our sin because of a perceived mistreatment from an authority figure.  When we talk about angry outbursts, we rationalize it away blaming it on some outside circumstance or situation.  However, this verse of Scripture tells us that our actions come from within, not from without.  Author Paul Tripp illustrates it this with a bottle of water.  Imagine a bottle of water that is shaken.  As the bottle shakes, a small amount of water comes out.  Here’s the question—why did water come out?  The answer, because it was shaken.  That’s what many of us compare our outbursts with.  However, if the question were changed to, Why did water come out?  Now we have a different answer—because water was placed there in the first place.  That is how we should think of our sin.


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