"He that is slow to anger is better than the
mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he
that taketh a city."
PUT AWAY YOUR
God has poured out His love into our hearts by
the Holy Spirit, Whom He has given us. Let's not
mess it up!
Too many have the wrong idea about what
forgiveness is. It is not excusing sin or
sweeping it under the rug. It is not tolerance
of abusive or sinful behavior, nor is it a
matter of time healing all wounds.
God tells us, "BE YE ANGRY, AND
SIN NOT: let not the sun go down upon your
wrath: Neither give place to the devil."
Anger is so often followed by violence against
ourselves or others that it is hard to believe
that one can be angry and not sin. If anger
grows out of selfishness, it will always lead to
sin. But if it results from outrage over wrong,
it has a better chance of being followed by
mercy. Some people hide their anger and deny
they have it, but it eventually leaks out in
ways harmful to themselves and others.
Christians sometimes don't want to admit to
themselves the anger they feel because they
think in itself is sinful. They do not recognize
that feeling sorry for themselves or feeling
hurt can be a veiled way of expressing anger.
The cure for sinful anger is honest confession,
forgiveness, and love. These come from God, not
from inside us.
"Then said the Lord, Doest thou
well to be angry?" Jonah 4:4
God's question to Jonah can also be directed to
us. It's a question that stimulates
self-examination and directs attention to God's
mercy and compassion for all people. Are the
poor in our society in need of God's mercy and
our compassion? Are not the sins of greed,
prejudice, racism, unfairness, and injustice
largely responsible for these problems?
"Let all bitterness, and wrath,
and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put
away from you, with all malice."
Are we justified in our anger over failures and
troubles of our fellow human beings? Our anger
does not help them or us. How much better for us
all if we express a Christ like compassion and
dedicate ourselves to constructive action to
bring deliverance to people ensnared in such
dehumanizing situations! What a joy then to also
share with them the saving Gospel of forgiveness
Jesus Christ is God's evidence of His
forgiveness and love. On the cross God's anger
is poured out in a healing way for us. God is no
longer angry with us but loves us sinners, even
while He hates our sin and waits for us to
repent. We can learn to live with our anger by
being honest with ourselves and by living under
the relief of Christ's forgiveness toward us.
"The Lord is slow to anger, and
great in power, and will not at all acquit the
wicked: the Lord hath his way in the whirlwind
and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of
his feet." Nahum 1:3
God Bless You All as the Lord helps you to face
anger honestly and provides you with His grace