THE CHRISTIAN WALK
|Thursday, April 15, 2021|
Cameron, Texas, USA
here are legionary things, situations, circumstances and people to raise hackles about in everyday life. As created beings in the Image, Likeliness and Similitude of the Almighty God, we share in the Lord's emotions. There is nothing inherently evil about anger; after all, our Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ displayed emotional anger during His 33-year earthly sojourn with us as One of us in order to save us all from the stranglehold of Satan and his fiends. The Lord was angry at the unbelief of the residents of Nazareth where He grew up; He poured Hs anger on the cities where He preached, and the people did not respond. He wept bitterly over the City of the Great King; Jerusalem for rejecting Him: "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. Look your house is left to you desolate" (Matthew 23:37 & 38). Because Jerusalem is already judged, you are wasting your time and money embarking on pilgrimage to the current Jerusalem, because a New Jerusalem is coming that would fulfil the Lord's Eternal Purpose ("I saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband": Revelation 21:2). Our Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ was angry as the Pharisees and Sadducees for their hypocrisy, deception, double standards and charlatanry in the application of laws, selfishness, self-indulgence and quackery. His anger moved Him to pronounce woes unto them and their savant legalistic sidekicks.
Anger, like other forms of emotion is a double-edged sword. The Word of Life does not condemn anger outrightly but sets boundaries for exhibiting it. "Be angry, yet do not sin…" (Ephesians 4:26a) so we are admonished, but how can we reconcile both? Thank God for the Holy Spirit; for Apostle Paul provided the zinger: "…Do not let the sun set upon your anger, (so that), you will not give a foothold to the devil." The logical deduction here is that anger is a gradual process like sin and death; and its progression if left untreated irreducibly leads to satanic alley. Just as the wages of sin, anger also extracts a heavy price on its bearer caught up with the law of unintended consequences.
SIX DIFFERENT FORMS OF ANGER: Leafing through the Word of Life, we can spotlight six different types and forms of anger that keep company with humanity. These are: anger at a person, anger at a thing, anger at situations and circumstances, anger at self, anger at the Almighty God and lastly, Godly anger. When we exhibit anger at a person or group of people, the source of this type of anger is rooted at offence. You are pissed off at someone or group of people because of tiffs over things or materials. Just as our Lord Jesus Christ pointed out: "…it is impossible but that offences will come; but woe unto him or her through whom they come" (Luke 17:1 NKJV). It is not our display of anger at a person or persons that constitute sin; even Satan and his demons cannot latch unto our anger as part of human emotion to make us sin, but it becomes sin when we do not let go. Cain was pissed off at his brother Abel after both presented their offerings to the Lord. As Cain's anger boiled, the Almighty God sounded alarm thus: "…sin is crouching at your door; it desires to master you, but you must master it" (Gen. 4:7). I have disclosed how I was so furious and angry at the way my co-siblings denied me of my inheritance in past column articles. I was rightly angry and wanted a revenge until the Holy Spirit instructed me to let go. He asked how much the amount that I was denied and when I let go as He commanded, I was recompensed. Today He has paid me millions of the stolen inheritance that fueled my anger in the first place.
There are three ways to deal with legitimate anger at a person or persons namely: forgive, pray for the igniter(s) of the anger and ask the Holy Spirit for reparations. These three things are humanly impossible, but only by the Power of the Holy Spirit. "For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men (and women too) their trespasses, neither will your Father in heaven forgive you" (Matthew 6:14-15; See also Luke 6:37). I have heard so-called super-spiritual Christians say we should forgive and forget trespasses; but that is not what the Holy Bible instructed us. Even the Almighty God forgives but does not forget. What He does is choose not to remember, because the Almighty God does not and can never forget. As He said: "For I will forgive their iniquities and will remember their sins no more" (Hebrews 8:12; See also Micah 7:17-20). To forgive and forget requires human lobotomy in that part of the brain and that is not pleasant. So how do you deal with past actions that induced anger? Pray for the person(s). How do you know you have truly and genuinely forgiven a person or person(s) who caused your anger? When the Holy Spirit restores to you what caused the offence after all when you obey His instructions on how to forgive and pray for the person(s). Not only did the Holy Spirit restore millionth fold what I was denied as my inheritance, but He explained to me that, part of the inheritance came from my late auntie Aina Rachel Fayemwo, who was a witch and the Lord God Almighty said He spared me the agony of mixing His own money with that of Satan, Hallelujah!
Anger at a thing occurs when it does not serve our personal purpose. For everything under heaven created by the True Lord God Almighty, there is a purpose. Nothing exists under a vacuum; there is a purpose for its existence; but not all created things by the Sovereign Lord God Almighty should serve our purpose. The world does not revolve around anyone. The Almighty God did not create anything for you and me to serve our overall purpose and there is nothing on earth that can give us joy. Here is how His Words made this plain: "Worthy are You, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, by You they exist and came to be" (Revelation 4:11). Consequently, there is nothing created by Him to give us full joy, except in His Presence. That is why throughout the ages, humanity has experimented with all kinds of things that can serve their full needs and have failed: sex, money, fame, power, pleasure etc. Only in His Presence there is fullness of joy; outside the Almighty God, no human being can find rest, joy and satisfaction. You can find happiness though, but joy will continue to elude you. So, what do you do when you are angry at a thing? Find out the raison detre of that thing and if that is not your intended purpose, let it go, and quench the anger; for after all, you do not buy the whole grocery store each time you visit, but only purchase those items you need at a time.
We can display our anger at situations and circumstances when we are frustrated because we are unable to control such situations and circumstances. You are self-deluding if you think that you can control all situations and circumstances. The Lord God Almighty is the Only One Who is totally, completely and supremely in charge of all situations and circumstances; hence, nothing catches Him by surprise. You are not God; so, stop your anger at situations and circumstances which are beyond you. Hear the King of kings and Lord of lords: "So, don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today" (Matthew 6:34). There are certain situations and circumstances that the Almighty God has placed within our direct individual human orbit and He holds us accountable for them. He said as much in His Words: "The Lord our God has secrets known to no one. We are not accountable for them, but we and our children are accountable forever for all that He has revealed to us, so that we may obey all the terms of these instructions" (Deuteronomy 29:29). Every revealed word in the Holy Bible will be required of each and everyone of us on Judgment Day and that was the reason He instructed us to meditate on His Word-the Holy Bible-day and night, because inside it is contained His wisdom for application into all areas of our life and when we do so we will be prosperous and have good success (Joshua 1:9-10). So, friend, stop your anger at situations and circumstances; we were not created by Him to fix all things; stay in your lane and carry out His purpose for your life!
Now there is another anger that is so pervasive and corrosive that, if left unchecked robs humans of Divine Favor and Mercy. It is anger directed at the Almighty God. Is it not incredible that each time calamity strikes the first person will lay the blame at his doorsteps is the Almighty God? A billionaire and founder of the world's first cable news network gave this reason for becoming an atheist, because he could not reconcile a Good God allowing his brother to die at a young age. His anger burned against the Almighty God and he passed a vote of no confidence on his Creator. How can you be angry at someone you say does not exist? The fact our billionaire philanthropist is mad at the True Lord God Almighty shows that the True Lord God Almighty indeed exists. You cannot be angry at something or someone you believe does not exist so, who is the object or subject of your anger in the first place? That is a dumb thing to push you to become an atheist. From Genesis to Revelation, there are copious role models in the column of our angry billionaire of Atlanta: Habakkuk was angry at the Lord God Almighty for using the wicked Babylonians to destroy northern Israel; Jeremiah wept and was incensed at the Lord God Almighty for making him go through torture at the hands of the Jews he was sent to warn against impending calamity and over again, many prophets complained and murmured against the Lord. But in all their rightful anger which the Lord God accommodated; they did one thing: they took that anger to the Lord Himself and asked Him for explanation. "I will stand at my guard post and station myself on the ramparts. I will watch to see what He will say to me, and how I should answer I am to give to this complaint" (Habakkuk 2:1). Job was writhing in serious and agonizing pain as intense cosmic battle between God and Satan raged on which Job was completely oblivious. He didn't know his faith was on the line, but rather than be mad and badmouth the Sovereign Lord of the heavens and the universe Who could do no wrong, Job took his anger frontally to the King: "Oh that one would hear me! Behold, my desire is that the Almighty would answer me, and that mine adversary had written a book…" (Job 31:35).
The True Lord God Almighty knows that we are dust, and He does not kill or eviscerate us because we are angry at Him; rather, He wants us to bring our complaints to Him and He would address the subject of our anger. Albeit the way He addresses our complaints and anger toward Him in most cases are frightening and sobering as Habakkuk, Elijah, Job and the others found out. As Elihu disclosed: "But I tell you, in this you are not right, for God is greater than any mortal. Why do you complain to Him that He responds to no one's words? For God does speak-now one way, now another-though no one perceives it" (Job 33:12-14). Develop a close and personal relationship with the King of kings and Lord of lords by confessing your sins and disobedience to Him first; then, ask for His pardon and forgiveness by confessing Jesus Christ, His Only Begotten Son Who shed His Precious Blood on Calvary to pay the price for your sins and disobedience; indeed, the sins and disobedience of the entire human race. Tell Him you are sorry for disobeying Him and accept Jesus Christ as Lord, Master and Savior Jesus Christ first, before you expect the Lord God Almighty to talk to you, because; "We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the Godly person who does His will" (John 9:31). Make peace with God first; be reconciled to Him first through His Son; Jesus Christ, the Peacemaker then ask Him to give you His Holy Spirit to enable you to hear from Him. That is how He has set up His System, instead of getting mad and angry at Him! God Almighty wants to talk to you and I; indeed, He talks to me every time and always, but His talking to us must be on His own terms.
Finally, the best form of anger is what the Holy Bible refers to as Righteous Anger. Our Lord Jesus Christ was angry at the commercialization of worshipful services in the temple and so; "He made a whip out of cords and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle. He poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables" (John 2:15). Today in our world, spiritual bureau de change and del credere agents run amok at the altar of Mammon. Our anger is righteous if directed at these sheep in wolf's clothing. Any anger directed at sacrilegious and blasphemous acts are Godly angers and they are clues to our earthly mission and purposes in life. You can change what you hate; you must hate Egypt first before you can envision a Canaan flowing with milk and honey. In the Journey of Life, a righteous anger is a pointer to why we are here individually as work for His Utmost.
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