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Love is not easily angered

Our scripture to day is 1 Corinthians 13: 5, love is not easily angered. The bible does say many things about anger ranging from the point that we should not be angry to the point that it is normal to be angry. How should we react to anger? Let us first take a short look at anger , then the life of Jesus, and then apply the Spirit of love to our lives.

The problem with uncontrolled anger is two fold. According to psychguildes.com (and others) anger can cause us difficulty in organizing and managing our thoughts or have the fantasy to harm ourselves or others. Anger can also cause a number of health related issues. Proverbs 29: 22 (esv) reads “A man of wrath (anger) stirs up strife, and one given to anger causes much transgression.” Another verse tells us not to let the sun go down on our anger. It would seem that we are living in a world that is giving in to anger more and more these days, so what should our response be to anger?

Let us first see how Jesus reacted to anger. We see very few times that Jesus became angry. Matthew 21 records that Jesus chased the money changers out of the temple because he was angry for making the temple a din of thieves rather than a house of prayer. This happened at the end of three years of ministry. During this time Jesus had been questioned by the religious leaders, insulted, accused of being a devil and seen many who had stopped following him. In all this time we see the love that he had for the people. He went to a hill overlooking Jerusalem. It was there he had compassion on them and said that he would have gathered them as a hen gathered her chicks under her wings but they had refused him. The love that Jesus had for others allowed him to have compassion on others rather on getting angry with them. He did not allow his anger to harm others therefore he did not sin in his anger.

Jesus did not show his anger until the last few days of his ministry here on earth, If we went through the same things he went through could we have held our anger that long? If the truth were to be told, there are very few of us that would not have gotten angry much sooner and would have brought some type of justice with our anger. It is not until we are filled with the spirit of God that we can love as Jesus did. This love will help us to have compassion on others. When we have compassion on others it will be hard to for us to be angry with them therefore we will be slow to become angry.

As we imitate Christ, let us remember to have compassion on those who have caused us unpleasant situations. Compassion will drive out anger thereby we will not be the cause of strife nor sin.

God bless you as you continue to imitate Christ.