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Topic: Angry (08/02/07)
TITLE: Emotions, Feelings, and Responses
By gene hudgens
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Yes, a real wrong or a supposed wrong can generate ’anger’, which may be expressed by emotions, feelings, and responses. Anger that seeks vengeance or punishment is wrath…and this is one of the seven deadly sins. Rage or fury implies intense, explosive, often destructive emotions of anger.
God is jealous over His namesake, His glory, and His people. He feels anger when He sees His children worshiping other gods such as pleasure, cupidity, money, wantonness, greed, and vain philosophies.
Do you feel that God shows His anger toward those who reject him? Do you feel that God is angry with some people right now? Of course He is. There are reasons why God is angry with some people right now.
*Because of the number of sins committed.
*Because some people sin against God…the greatest being. The highest command is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength.
*Because some people sin against God’s greatest act of love. He sent Jesus into the world of men and women out of love.
We must never forget that God is just. If we repent we will be saved. Jesus satisfied the anger of God for us when we sin.
Our Lord loves little children and He must be angry when He sees unbelievers doing a lousy job of raising and teaching children. Sending children out of house with out breakfast and likely to a school that condemns Bible reading and prayer does not support the teaching of Jesus. Every Christian has a responsibility to insure that text books and teachers do not communicate or destroy any growing seed of faith a child might have.
Is God angry when He sees one or a millions humans quarreling and quibbling over religious dogma? Of course He is. Is He happy when He sees one or a millions humans ignorantly and violently professing that their particular religion is the only accepted religion or is better than another religion? Of course not. It must make him sick and angry. We each have a right to profess that our religion is the best for us, but we do have a right to deny others a free choice for their religion.
Is God, who we are taught loves us, ever angry with those He loves? Of course He is. God must be angry when He sees His children, that He loves, doing dumb things and failing to care for His Creations. God created the universe, our earth, and all life upon earth. All of this is His Creation. He entrusted humans with superior qualities and entrusted humans with the responsibility of caring for all of His Creations.
Is God angry when He sees women all over the world mistreated and children all over the world slaves in sex traffic. Is God angry when He sees religions and governments all over the world encouraging suffering and social problems by denying women and teens effective sex education and access to family planning? We must know He is.
God is displeased when He sees humans, especially educated humans, polluting the air and water, looting the oceans, killing the whales, clear cutting forests for selfish reasons, abusing any animals, and irreverently or outrageously desecrating His Creation.
Is it right or OK for a person to be angry at God? In times of great suffering or loss; such as death, disease, desertion and divorce, most people are greatly shaken and at these times might likely become very angry, even at God.
Anger is an intense emotional state induced by displeasure. If we experience a sinful emotion of anger at God, it is best to confess this anger to God, because He sees in our hearts and He knows it anyway. Tell Him and ask Him to help us dissolve our hostility. If we are sincere He will understand.
Is it right or OK for a person to be angry at God? No! It is never OK to be angry at God. It is wrong and never right to question what God does or permits. We can never question God’s judgments. We must accept the situation and live with it…control our anger and sin not.
If each of us, God’s children, will daily do unto others as we want them to do unto us, God will smile when He looks down into our homes, churches, and our hearts.
God loves each of us, but He is a jealous God.
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