Steamed Up Over A Sermon?

John Clark

Did you ever get really “steamed up” over a sermon?  If you have not you have missed a fascinating human experience.  I have some “what to do in case of” thoughts on the matter.  Next time you get upset at a lesson, you try these things.

  1. First, you could try being thankful. Anything that really stirs us up and gets us thinking may be that “blessing in disguise” that people talk about.  Remember, when an oyster gets irritated he produces a pearl?  If what you heard was wrong, it will do you good to think about and answer the error in your own mind.
  2. Check your Bible. Be concerned enough to “dig” it out yourself.  Don’t assume that you know everything.  You may well have overlooked something.  Study.  Search.  See for yourself.  Many close their minds when they should open their Bibles.  “He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.” (Prov 18:13)
  3. Check yourself. “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves.” (2 Cor. 13:5).  This is not easy to do for obvious reasons.  Seeing our own failure and faults is the headlights in your car–the other fellows always seem more glaring than your own.
  4. Discuss the matter with the one who taught it. Perhaps you did not hear all that was said.  Get your attitude right.  Approach with the desire to help and be helped.  Realize that it is not just your own soul involved.  Any gospel preacher who is what he ought to be will welcome such discussions.  The truth is worth every effort we can make to find it and be directed by it. (Prov. 23:23).


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