Reading today from 1 Samuel 11 – 13…
“And the Spirit of God came upon Saul when he heard those tidings, and his anger was kindled greatly.” 1 Samuel 11:6 (KJB)
The person who is never angry never truly loves. I can just about hear some readers here saying, “Wait just one minute.” In a tone of anger probably.
Reading the text from Scripture above caused me to think about anger. I have heard some say that anger is bad. I certainly cannot agree with that statement because God is angry with evil everyday (Psalm 7:11); Jesus was angry at least twice at the temple – the first time early in His ministry (John 2:14) and the second time, possibly in His final week before He was crucified (Matthew 21:12).
I heard a pastor a few years ago say, “You can tell the character of a man by what makes him angry.” What makes me angry? What makes you angry? Is it the evil in Adamkinds heart that causes us to kill indiscriminately? Is it the line at the checkout that is taking O so long? Is the driver who cuts you off in traffic because they are in too big of a hurry? Is it when you hear someone us the Lord’s name in a blasphemous way; or when you hear of the murder mills in our nation who are killing thousands of unborn babies every year?
Direct your anger justly. “Be angry. and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: neither give place to the devil” (Ephesians 4:26-27). Be angry with evil. Start with your own. Look inside your own heart and mind and take into account the words of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount, and all His words of the New Testament. Deal with sin. Be angry with your sin, then deal with it.
If you have not dealt with your sin at all yet through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ; then right now, today, deal with it. Repent of your sin, believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and call on His name. He will hear you and He will save you giving you eternal life.