“What Jesus Demands From The World” – Daily Devotional (6/19/10): Demand #18 “Do Not Be Angry – Trust God’s Providence”

Matthew 5:21-22

21“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder(Exodus 20:13) and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment’ 22But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca’ is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.”

Although there are many instances when God the Father (in the Old Testament) and Jesus express anger over injustice and hypocrisy, Jesus commands us to not be consumed by our feelings of anger.  Feelings will come and go, but the decision to dwell and magnify our feelings is up to each of us.  John Piper points out three things that can help us follow Jesus’ command to not be angry people.

Love is the first aid that we have to fight off staying angry.  When we live in the knowledge of being loved by God, it can help us to love others.  If we truly love someone, we’ll be less likely to call them “raca” (empty-headed) or any other inappropriate name.  The longer we live loved, the easier this habit can become.  It’s never easy, but it can get easier.  Proportion is also important to remember when we feel ourselves getting angry.  When we blow things out of proportion, this is often the last step in an ever-building habit of holding on to anger and resentment over other things in our lives.  We must keep things in proper perspective, allowing ourselves to take a step back from the situation to see it more clearly.  Finally, we must trust God’s Providence in our moments of anger.  Providence simply refers to resting in the fact that God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and is good.  When we allow God to be God and trust that He will set things right (in this life or in the next), it releases us of the need for anger and allows us to take our proper place as his people.  Tomorrow, we’ll focus on this issue some more.

Blessings,

Pastor Josh

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