Joseph Bryant, Jr. Speaks at Chapel
Let it Go
“We fail to realize the damage and danger of holding on to our anger,” Joseph Bryant, Jr. said to students, faculty and staff at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary on September 16, 2010.
“Anger can ruin your attitude. The attitude you carry with you will affect everything you do,” he said, referring to chapter 4 of Paul’s letter to the Philippians and the two women, Euodia and Syntyche, who had become angry with each other. “Our desire should be to resolve our issues, to forgive, and to work it out before the end of the day.” He pointed out how we have received our Father’s forgiveness, and similarly we should also forgive others. “Just let it go,” he urged his listeners.
Joseph Bryant, Jr., is a GGBTS graduate and the pastor of 1,500-member Calvary Hill Community Church in San Francisco. Under his leadership, the North American Mission Board recognized Calvary Hill as a model for church growth in 1998, 1999, and 2000. In 2001, he was recognized by the National Association of Evangelicals as one of the most influential church leaders of the next generation. He is the founder and speaker of Good News Today, which carries radio and television broadcasts throughout Northern California. He is the author of several books and articles.
“Worry, like anger, is a waste of time. Instead of worrying – let it go,” Bryant said. “You can be concerned, without being troubled by a situation. The busier you get, the more praying you must do, not the more worrying. How many times has worry healed a sick friend, got you a date, paid the rent? Pray, don’t worry,” Bryant reminded the students. “Worry is like a rocking chair. You rock and rock and at the end of the day you’re in the same place.”
“After you address the anger, the conflicts, and the worry in your life, make sure to continue to rejoice, as Paul does in verse 4,” Bryant told his listeners. “Always rejoice because God is faithful, he’s with you, and he provides. Think about what he’s done for you, and I’m sure a ‘Thank You Jesus’ will come out of your mouth.”
“I encourage everyone here to rejoice, to let the anger go and to let the worry go, and let God love you and provide for you,” said Bryant. “A prerequisite for praise is breathing. If you are breathing, you should be praising God.” Bryant concluded by telling his listeners to “Let it go, and remember to rejoice.”
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