Target Point, Vol. 22 of 31
Today's Verse/Thought: Table Turning Wrath
Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the moneychangers and the seats of those who sold doves. And He said to them, "It is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer,' but you have made it a 'den of thieves.'" Matthew 21:12,13
For the past seven days we have been concentrating on specific aspects of properly managed anger. Let's take a quick snapshot of what I called Controlled Anger:
1) IT HAS A PURPOSE; 2) CORRECTS DESTRUCTIVE BEHAVIOR; 3) IS WITHOUT HATRED; 4) EXPRESSES CARE; 5) IS NOT SELFISH; 6) KEEPS THE RELATIONSHIP; 7) EXPRESSES CONCERN;
Today, let's look at the eighth and final aspect of properly managed anger-it FOCUSES ON INJUSTICE TOWARD GOD, rather than focusing on injustice toward self. Here we look at what is unrighteous as opposed to what is upright.
Interestingly enough, the Bible never criticizes God's anger. However, God is all knowing, all-wise, sovereign, powerful, and perfect. We, on the other hand, as imperfect human beings, can misinterpret circumstances, make mistakes in judgment, react quickly, and sometimes become vindictive and vengeful. Humans have difficulty judging between real and apparent injustice. We need to look carefully at the situation and ask God's help in judging any injustice toward Him. IS OUR ANGER MIS-PLACED OR IN-PLACE? The key is whether self or God is truly the issue.
If one is self-centered that individual is engrossed in oneself and one's own affairs. When you begin to feel anger rise up within you, take 15 seconds to ask yourself these questions: Does what you're feeling come under the category of RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION or are you full of self concern? Is what is making your blood boil a miscarriage of justice against another, or are you focused on yourself and how you feel? Remind yourself of what Proverbs 29:11 says, "A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control." Be sure your righteous indignation takes a PATH OF RESTORATION, not a path of destruction.
Tomorrow In TargetPoint:
Are You Layered or Laminated?