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Whoa Nellie! Reining in Anger, Bitterness, & Resentment

By Tricia Andor, Licensed Professional Counselor

Joyce Meyer

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Until today, I hadn’t read or listened to any of the popular Joyce Meyer’s books or sermons. Not that I hadn’t heard of her. Quite the opposite. I’d heard lots about her – from women, from men, twenty-somethings, sixty-somethings, church attenders, non-church attenders. Baptists, Lutherans, Charismatics, and non-denominational folks alike were singing her praises in unison.

Even Rhiana was tweeting about her!

What was it about this Joyce Meyer? What drew such diverse people to her?

Having now watched two sermons (the two below), I would answer those questions with the following:

  • She teaches from the Bible. Not always a given with pastors or conference speakers. But one of the strong suits of these talks is how she blends classic Biblical teaching with current life examples.
  • She calls a spade a spade. There’s a time and place when we all need to hear what is true put simply – no abstractions or theory. That’s what happens here.
  • She’s authentic. What better way to learn about changing patterns with anger and unforgiveness than to hear someone give personal examples about how they, themselves, have blown it? Joyce’s personal examples help move the talk from something theoretical (and easily forgotten) to something that instead actually can help prompt real change in our lives.

Although this sermon is titled A Merciful and Forgiving Attitude, it could just as well have been called:

  • The Antidote to Anger, Bitterness, and Resentment.
  • Dealing with (Too) High of Expectations.
  • Freeing Your Relationships from the Poisonous Effects of Perfectionism
  • Forgiveness and Freedom.
  • What to Do When People Disappoint.

So if you’re dealing with holding a grudge against someone, or if you find yourself angry with or hurt by a friend, spouse, or family member – this sermon offers some Bible teaching, personal examples, and perspective that may be of help.

A Merciful and Forgiving Attitude, Part 1

A Merciful and Forgiving Attitude, Part 2

If you are dealing with anger, bitterness, or unresolved hurt, call Tricia Andor at 605-695-7913 for a free phone consultation to see if counseling could possibly be a help to you.

To find these videos in iTunes or to view more sermons from Joyce Meyer click here.