Anger, righteous or not
Sun, Feb 16 2020 07:32
| anger, grace, sin, teaching
Jesus teaches with extraordinary clarity that 'everyone who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgement; whoever insults his brother shall be liable to the council, and whoever says, "you fool” shall be liable to the hell of fire’ (v.22).
Jesus’s radical teaching on anger sees it as the root of murder. Angry feelings, if they are nursed and not dealt with, become hatred. The fruit of hatred can sometimes be actual murder.
Jesus does not say that we must not feel anger, express anger or even act on it, but he does say that we do not have the right to hang on to it, nurse it and vent it.
We must let anger go so that we can imitate Jesus more closely.
Jesus’s anger never led him to sin. He was betrayed, insulted, ridiculed tortured and crucified, but he let go any feelings of anger and forgave his oppressors, 'Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do’ (Luke 23:34).
Jesus shows us a new way of living. As his disciples we must emulate him. Whenever we are angry we must acknowledge our anger but let it go by calling on the Lord’s grace.
Christ’s Spirit will give us the power to fulfil his commandment to live as he did.
’Be angry but do not sin.’ (Ephesians 4:24)