Forgiveness – Anger

“Aren’t you angry?” my sister asked. She was referring to my recent divorce. For 48 years I had been a major financial contributer. Yet, by man’s standards, my husband ended up with far more money and possessions.

I think about Jesus. Did He feel anger when He stood before Lazarus’ grave? Were His tears for the grief of the sisters? Probably. Was there more? Absolutely! He was angry that His creation experienced death – the result of Satan’s anger in not fulfilling his desire to be like or better than God.

When the apostles asked, “Show us the Father,” was Jesus angry? Possibly. He had given them His time, attention and instructions. Mentoring them for His ministry, they failed to see the Father reflected in the Son.

When Peter challenged Jesus and, at His command, stepped out of the boat, was Jesus angry that a wave of doubt and disbelief slapped Peter’s feet and he began to sink? Perhaps. Peter lost faith in the one who controlled the wind and water. His action denied Jesus’ deity. “I invested time in you, and this is what I get in return? What a waste!” Jesus could have said.

What about the time Jesus was teaching the crowd and many turned away, never to follow Him again? “Who can understand His words?” was their reasoning. “What simpletons. What ungrateful people. For these I am going to the cross?” Jesus could have, in hurt and anger, refused to die for them. After all, He had the power to lay down and take up His life. Such anger would have been Satan’s delight.

Death of a life or marriage must follow steps of healing and restoration. Anger is one of those steps. The nice thing about stairs is that they lead to a landing. I am never to linger on a step but use it to get to where I can walk in progress.

I can display my anger to Jesus because He understands. If I display it to others, whose reflection do they see? Jesus? He displayed anger once in the Temple because money-hungry men took up space that should have been occupied by Gentiles seeking to worship. Satan was triumphant in manipulating people’s greed. Jesus was angry and called a halt to it.

God shares His glory with His children. If I make an open display of anger, I am responsible for who receives the glory – God or His enemy.

When people observe how I handle angry situations, may their view of Jesus’ character not be distorted, nor His glory diminished, nor His Sovereignty questioned.

Anger is only a tool that reveals who I am – God’s servant or Satan’s pawn.

Read more on this subject. Take advantage of a free e-book download for the next two days – Jan. 17th and 18th.

Forgiveness God Style, B.L.Wade:http//www.amazon.com/dp/B00945xPZY/?tag=akoebel-20

Angry at God, Yourself and Others, Dr. Lynda Irons: http//www.amazon.com/dp/B009AHTE9W/?tag=akoebel-20

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