My friend, may I ask you a question? Aren’t we supposed to approach every situation in life with a calmness that comes from confidence in our Lord and, consequently, ourselves? Do anger and Christian character really fit well together?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
Is it wrong to vent! When we see something or personally experience something that rouses our anger, the first thing that we usually do is look for some way of venting, of releasing the anger that has suddenly wells up inside of us. I know the feeling well myself. When things get to me, one of the first things that I do is look for a way to vent my feelings. When all of us look for ways of getting rid of the anger that pushes upward and outward, is it wrong to simply let it out and rid ourselves of it? Is it better to keep these things welled up inside giving them no room for reaction?
Most doctors will tell you that pent-up anger can become a physical liability. According to the American Medical Association, keeping anger welled up inside can cause all manner of ailments including heart disease, systemic failures, stroke and even premature death. Yet, when we think about Christian character and what God wants a Christian to show to the world, how does anger really fit the profile of a Christian with good character? Aren’t we supposed to approach every situation in life with a calmness that comes from confidence in our Lord and, consequently, ourselves? Do anger and Christian character really fit well together? Or are these uncomfortable bedmates?
If you want to learn what a person is really like, ask three questions: What makes him laugh? What makes him angry? What makes him weep? These are fairly good tests of character that are especially appropriate for Christian leaders. I hear people saying, “We need angry leaders today!” or “The time has come to practice militant Christianity!” Perhaps, but “man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires” (James 1:20).
Here are some thoughts from Warren Wiersbe. What we need today is not anger but anguish, the kind of anguish that Moses displayed when he broke the two tablets of the law and then climbed the mountain to intercede for his people, or that Jesus displayed when He cleansed the temple and then wept over the city. The difference between anger and anguish is a broken heart. It’s easy to get angry, especially at somebody else’s sins; but it’s not easy to look at sin, our own included, and weep over it. (Warren W. Wiersbe, The Integrity Crisis, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1991, pp. 75-76.)
The Bible tells us that there is a place for anger in our lives; anger with a purpose, however. God does not want his people to be complacent and docile. When we see a wrong or experience injustice God wants us to be concerned. He wants us to express his anger through our emotions over things that are not right in his sight. A Christian of character, however, doesn’t just vent when anger sets in. Sin should make us angry, angry enough so that our hearts are pricked with compassion. Anger alone is a very selfish thing. Anger that weeps, can be an awesome tool in the hands of our wise God.
We pray. Heavenly Father, there are a lot of bad things happening around us every day. Many of these things we know are wrong and sometimes anger wells up within us at the wrong we see. Yet, so often we just don’t know how to express our anger? Forgive us Father when we take a stand to say nothing or do nothing. Guide us Father to be not only concerned but willing to express our concern in truth and with compassion. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
If you have a special prayer request, please send your request to "This Passing Day!"
<firstname.lastname@example.org> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.