Jun 2, 2020
“In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent.”
"In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,
and do not give the devil a foothold.”
As I have reflected on the injustice and pain with the death of George Floyd, I am realizing that anger is sometimes an appropriate emotion, sort of.
What makes you angry?
The things that make you angry often reveal what you are passionate about and what is important to you. Anger also often has a root of hurt, a broken heart.
Bob Pierce was a missionary in the 1970’s, working in Asia. It was after a visit to suffering children on an island in Korea, he wrote this famous prayer in his Bible: “Let my heart be broken by the things that break the heart of God.”
Is God’s heart broken over injustice, suffering, and lost people?
A broken heart can stir anger toward what caused the broken heart. Anger toward certain things is appropriate. The verses above do not prohibit anger. They prohibit poor expressions of it.
May I encourage us to be careful what we say, even on social media. May I encourage us to be careful how we demonstrate our hurt and our remorse. May I encourage us to pray for our law enforcement officers. Let's remember who the enemy is. "For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against might powers in this dark world, and against eviil spirits in the heavenly places." (Eph. 6:12)
I’m thinking about a few other verses today:
-“The Lord is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love” (Psalm 103:8).
“Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.” (James 1:20)
“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8).
Father, help us to be people of prayer as we think of all the pain from years of hurt and wounds of racial, social, and economic injustice. In all the anger toward prejudice, unfairness, and discrimination, help us to express our emotions with humility and a posture of love toward all people. Help us to be lights in the darkness, for your glory.
Carole Dickie says (Jun 2, 2020):
Thanks for you faithfulness.
Gina Ann Bennett says (Jun 2, 2020):
Thank you, Pastor Steve for the scriptures that tell us how God feels, and helping us to see how we should feel. I know about the wounded heart. The brokenness that keeps some people angry, with not where to go with it. I am so grateful for the doctrine of forgiveness, and how the Lord protects us, every day.
Connie Sue Larson says (Jun 2, 2020):
This is a very important message for us today. Blessings to you for sharing what many of us are feeling.
Shannon Gilman says (Jun 2, 2020):
I appreciate this Steve. I have been quiet’sh on the things of late. Mostly because I have gone to prayer. I know I reached out to you and the pastoral staff. I just want my actions and reactions to reflect Jesus. There were times I wanted to say something fearing to say the wrong thing or not having my words show how I am feeling. I know I can pray. I know I can pray for my community, country, globally, and He will use me. Thank you for such a good insight, scripture, and speaking life.