Anger and Forgiveness
“But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire.” Matthew 5:22
“Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” James 1:21-22
Let us assess how much of our behaviour towards others carries anger and resentment. Are we sometimes so angry that our desire is to destroy someone? How strange if in some instances, the person with whom we are angry is a brother or sister redeemed by the blood of Christ and in whom the Holy Spirit resides. Even stranger, if the issue at the root of the conflict is one of spirituality and theology!
May the Lord grant us the wisdom to do all things by His example and act as He would act.
We often become angry because we are thinking of ourselves, but: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”
In James 1:19 the word of God says: “So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”
Jesus Christ the Lord was injured and crucified and yet he was not angry (Acts 8:22) towards His tormentors. He showed kindness and chose instead to forgive, and this is an example that we see repeated in the life of Stephen, the first recorded Christian martyr (Acts 7:60)
If we desire to overcome our anger we need to love more. By drawing closer to God, we will become more like Him in our capacity to love others.