Better Than Reasonable

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2015

let go of anger

Key Bible Verses: Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.  (Proverbs 19:11, ESV)

Dig Deeper: Luke 6:27-31

Choosing not to take offense is not about simply ignoring wrongs.  If someone, say, cuts in front of you in line, you can address the situation. You don’t have to simply accept it.  But you can act without contempt, anger, and bitterness.

Yes, there is right and wrong, and what Jesus has done for us is the antidote to both fuzzy-minded relativism and self-righteous religiosity.  According to the radical teaching of Jesus, I stand as guilty, morally, as any other sinner, period.

People have lied to me, but I’ve lied too.  People have been unfaithful to me, but I’ve been unfaithful too.  People have hurt me, and I’ve hurt them.  I’m not entitled to my anger against them.  And yet, many tell me that we can, even should, keep our anger for a time.  I ask, “How long are you allowed?” and I’ve heard the same answer, many times: “You can keep it for a little while.”

Sounds reasonable.  But mere “reasonable” isn’t what we’re going for here.  We want to follow the gospel, wherever it takes us.  God has a way for us to live, a humility that he has called us to, and it’s the way we humans happen to really flourish.  It’s how you will flourish.

– Brant Hansen in Unoffendable

My Response: What does the Bible mean when it says “Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry” (Eph. 4:26)?  How could I apply this Scripture to my life?

Thought to Apply: “You must not harbour anger,” I admonished myself.  “You must be willing to suffer the anger of the opponent, and yet not return anger.  You must not become bitter.  No matter how emotional your opponents are, you must be calm.” – Martin Luther King Jr. (pastor, civil rights activist)


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