>> Friday, April 5, 2013
Our dog, Charlie, recently attended an eight-week obedience training. Upon completion of the eight weeks, if he passed the ten-point test, he could be called a “canine good citizen”. But to receive that title, he had to pass all ten items on the test. If he failed on one point, he did not pass.
The training included commands like “sit” and “stay”. But one command was new to me … leave it. He was tested on his ability to calmly approach another dog. If he lunged or growled, his leash was given a quick jerk and he was commanded to “leave it”. At test time, he could show a casual interest in the other dog … but that was all.
Seems like the Bible has scriptures that give us that same command. When we wrestle with anger toward someone or resentment about a wrong done, we are told to leave it. Our attention needs to be on God and our blessings, not reacting to another person or situation. Our goal is to be called a citizen of heaven.
At the end of our life, it’s a pass/fail test. Did we leave it?
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.” Ephesians 4:31 (NIV)