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Does Jesus reflect the anger of God?

Does Jesus reflect the anger of God?

Anger

Does Jesus get angry and upset? Jesus the Messiah shows controlled emotion arising from his unswerving opposition to evil and his determination to eradicate it.

Note the following observations about Jesus’ displays of anger:

What should we do about our anger?

Anger

I get angry. I say things I shouldn’t and clearly regret later on. I say them though. It isn’t pretty. I have insulted others. I have called others names.

Jesus knows this. Jesus challenges me “to deal with” my anger. Jesus is clear there will consequences (judgement) for my anger. Jesus knows it is a matter of my heart. It starts in my heart, then moves to my lips, then gets manifested in my actions.

Jesus shows me the way to reconciliation. Now that is good news. I can give up the way of anger. I need to “get right” with people and not just pray it goes away. I need to ask people for forgiveness not God. The big thing is to get reconciled and do whatever it takes.

How can we defuse anger?

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I have seen it way too often. Something that starts simple escalates. It turns into all out war. My drive to defend myself and “be right” creates a verbal death spiral.

Gentleness is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. Jesus challenges us to a goal of being gentle with others. That is a demonstration of God’s love.

There is good news! God has given me the Holy Spirit who teaches me the way of Jesus. That is stunning in that I don’t have to depend on my own evil ways. I am a new creation in Jesus.

A gentle response defuses anger,
    but a sharp tongue kindles a temper-fire. | Proverbs 15:1 (The Message Bible)

What does it mean to be slow to anger?

Our mission, given to us by Jesus, is to love. That is it. That should be our day. That should be our motivation. Love should be our passionate focus.

“Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone… ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this you will heap burning coals on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:17-18, 20-21)

Is it dangerous to get angry? How to get rid of anger?

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Should we renounce anger? Yes!

Jesus does not exhort us to get angry, as if  anger were a good motivator or energy for positive action. (This is the kind of thing that many Psychologists and “pop psychologists” in in our culture today teach.)

Should we renounce anger?

There is a natural set of consequences for angry people. There is a backlash. Something very real is going to happen. We must guard ourselves and our hearts not to be an “angry person”. It is way too easy to start down that road. Finding our way back when we are lost is not easy. We don’t always have a compass and it gets very dark.

Let angry people endure the backlash of their own anger; if you try to make it better, you’ll only make it worse. | Proverbs 19:19 (The Message Bible)

How can we renounce the anger in our lives?

What is our mission? Image result for angerOur mission, given to us by Jesus, is to love. That is it. That should be our day. That should be our motivation. Love should be our passionate focus.

How can we renounce the anger in our lives? The antidote to anger is to practice love.  A focus on love drives out the anger. It loses it’s grip and is driven away.

“Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone… ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this you will heap burning coals on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:17-18, 20-21)