ANGER! We tend to think that anger is bad or that when we feel anger we are not Godly. However, there are many examples in the Bible when God states that He is angry. Exodus 32:11, and Deuteronomy 6:15 both mention that the anger of God burns. Many examples in the Old Testament tell of times when people’s behavior caused God to be angry. We can also assume that our behavior can provoke God to anger. The Spirit of the Lord can be angry too. In 1 Samuel 11:6,the Spirit of the Lord came upon Saul and he burned in anger. Therefore, the Holy Spirit within us can be angry and cause us to be angry. In Matthew 21:12, we see Jesus reacting to his anger of how people misused the temple. God is incapable of sin, and yet the Father, Son and Holy Spirit all possess anger. Therefore feeling angry is not a sin. God created us in his image and the emotion of anger is something we all possess.
This is why our Inside Out theme is important this year. The emotions within us come out as Fruit of the Spirit or as sin. The anger we have inside us, causes us to take action. We should be angry that people are dying and going to Hell. In James 1:20 it tells us that human anger does not lead to righteousness. If God describes this anger as human anger, it is safe to assume that Godly anger does lead to righteousness.
We can use the text in James chapter 1 to learn four important things about anger.
- Be slow to anger (vs. 19)
- Check to see that the anger is Godly and leads to righteousness (vs. 20)
- Get rid of any bad stuff in your life, be humble, and make sure you have God’s Word planted in your heart. (Little Pot’s vision lessons apply here once again).
- Take action! (vs. 22) Don’t just let the anger fester inside. We need to DO the Word of God and not deceive ourselves by just hearing God’s voice.