“In the Lap of Fools”


let go of anger

Key Bible Verse: “This woman has been forgiven much, and she is showing much love. But the person who has shown little love shows how little forgiveness he has received.” (Luke 7:47, The Voice)

Dig Deeper: Luke 7:40-50

I hear this objection: “What about being angry at sin?”

It’s probably worth nothing that, usually, when this question is asked of me, it’s about something more specific.  By “sin,” we mean other people’s sin.  Are we to cling to anger at their sin?  God took out his wrath on Jesus for other people’s sin.  And I believe Jesus suffered enough to pay for it, and my sin too.  I’m so thankful for that.  He will deal with others’ sin; it’s not my deal.  That’s a huge relief.  Again, life is better this way.  As for my own sin, well, he says he’s taken that sin away from me as far as the east is from the west (Ps. 103:12).

In Ecclesiastes, anger is always – not sometimes; always – associated with foolishness, not wisdom.  The writer recognized that, yes, anger may visit us, but when it finds a residence, it’s “in the lap of fools” (7:9, NIV).

Thinking we’re entitled to keep anger in our laps – whether toward the sin of a political figure, a news network, your dumb neighbour, your lying spouse, your deceased father, whoever – is perfectly natural and perfectly foolish.

Make no mistake.  Foolishness destroys.  Being offended is a tiring business.  Letting things go gives you energy.

– Brant Hansen in Unoffendable

My Response: What are some ways that holding on to anger can be destructive?

Thought to Apply: Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured. – Mark Twain (writer, humourist)

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