A Thought for Thursday that follows up on this past Sunday
A lady once came to evangelist Billy Sunday and tried to rationalize her angry outbursts. “There’s nothing wrong with losing my temper,” She said. “I blow up, and then it’s all over.” “So does a shotgun,” Sunday replied, “and look at the damage it leaves behind!” Getting angry can sometimes be like leaping into a race car, gunning the motor, going zero to 100 in 4.4 seconds and then finding out that the brakes don’t work. We all know what anger is. We have felt it, dealt with it and suffered because of it… And when it gets out of control it turns destructive, it can lead to problems—problems at work, in your personal relationships, and in the overall quality of your life. I would have to say that 90% of what we get angry about doesn’t really matter. Think of the last time you got “angry.” Was it about something worthwhile?Was it something that really mattered in life? Was it simply because you didn’t get your way, something didn’t go the way you expected, or you didn’t like the person you had to deal with?What we get angry about is – silly stuff. Sadly too few of us get angry for the right reasons… yes, even Christians. Some Christians even think that getting angry is a sin – but folks – getting angry isn’t a sin, what you get angry at and what you do with it… well that is a different story. In Mark 3 verse 5 is says that Jesus got “angry” at the hardness of the Pharisees’ heart.Jesus’ anger was what we call – “Righteous indignation.” Indignation is anger aroused by something unjust, unworthy, mean or hard hearted. Jesus’ anger was a combination of resentment and a broken heart. You know… If you cannot hate what is wrong, it’s becomes questionable if you really love right.Some people suppress anger, holding anger inside in unhealthy ways. Some people wrongly express anger, by griping, sarcasm, rage, intimidation and blame. Some people become passive with anger. In a battle for superiority, passively angry people have a need to control without being transparent or open. Some people are assertive with anger. Failure to share feelings in a constructive way may produce assertive anger. Everyone needs to deal with anger. Folks, you can’t eliminate anger – but what you do with it can make a world of difference in your life. Jesus was one who could be angry and not sin. And He is our example.Here are a few suggestions on how you can get – ANGRY THE RIGHT WAY!
TALK IT OVER –James 1:19 a (quick to hear, slow to speak) If you will simply talk to the right person (not 50 others) – approach them with kindness and an attempt and attitude to make right – then you might find that a cup of coffee and a 30 minute conversation could diffuse an irritating situation.THINK CLEARLY – James 1:19 b-20 – Anger can blind your thought process. Ill directed anger is not going to fix anything – it won’t make you feel better (may actually make you feel worse). If you think clearly you see problems and situations for what they are, not what you perceive through angry eyes. James 1:20 – “for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.” Reacting instead of responding will not achieve the Godly results.
TAKE TIME – to consider what is good and right – Philippians 4:8 When you get unjustifiably angry you don’t see much else… you don’t seem better solutions, you don’t see the damage you might be creating… Take time to consider all the aspects this way you will make sure you are getting upset about the right stuff, not the silly stuff. Consider the right things to do in response.
TAKE POSITIVE ACTION – consider solutions rather than just the problem. Anyone can find problems, anyone can get angry about anything… but Christian men and women should be those who can get angry and their anger (righteous indignation) leads to positive actions and answers – to actually
DO SOMETHING. Jesus’ anger was a mix of anguish and compassion – BUT – His anger resulted in POSITIVE ACTION – it moved Him to do something, something positive… Shooting a doctor who performs abortions is not the proper response to the anger the procedure might produce in you… Murdering in the name of God does not lead to a very good witness. Jesus had the power to wipe out the Pharisees, instead He used that power heal.
You have been told “Don’t Get Mad – Get Even” But take Jesus’ example Don’t Get Mad– Get Right.