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Topic: ANNOYED (04/05/18)
- TITLE: Righteous Anger
By Jennifer Woodley
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Lorikeets are the most socially inept birds in our yard. They are intolerant of every other species, including their own kind. Though highly affectionate to their mate, whom they partner with for life, they are rude, aggressive and downright bossy with every other feathered fowl. They have a bad attitude the moment another bird enters their territory and are easily angered. Their hostility wins them no friends.
There is a place for anger. However, it is not the puny, self-centered anger that diminishes our character as evident in the lorikeets on our front verandah. Only righteous anger is justifiable. In Exodus 32 we find Moses, after descending from Mount Sinai, overwhelmed by the blatant idolatry and revelry of the Israelites. Moses burned with anger and threw the tablets containing the commandments onto the ground. The broken fragments symbolized the broken faith in the hearts of God’s people. No matter how angry Moses was, God was even angrier. He wanted to kill all the people, intoxicated by the deceptive liquor of greed and power.
Anger at sin is a sign of spiritual vitality. It is a sign that we are stirred by the injustices and offenses that grieve God. This is the only permissible anger. Where does our anger come from? Consider the motive behind our heated responses. Can God join us in our anger? If not, like Loretta, we may be annoyed at something that is just as small as ourselves.
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