Posted by Williamsburg Community Chapel on February 02, 2018 with 2 Comments
Have you ever wanted more insight on Sunday morning? We invite you to listen and join in the conversation as Travis and Rich discuss righteous anger.
The Cutting Room Floor - EP. 5
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Sharon Morley February 4, 2018 12:47pm
Thank you Travis for the deeper dive from the "Cutting Room Floor".
Please continue with these extra, inspiring and very interesting, nuggets of knowledge and wisdom.
Please keep them coming and know they are truly appreciated and valued.
Thank you, Sharon Morley.
Clarke Morledge February 7, 2018 7:57pm
Trav and Rich,
Righteous anger is a tough one. A number of thoughts come to mind, but I will keep it to two thoughts, from the pages of Scripture.
(1) I can start with the most basic. Where do we get the wisdom to know the difference between righteous anger and man's sinful anger? Ephesians teaches that it is possible to be angry without sinning.
"Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger." (Ephesian 4:26)
So, in principle, we should not try to stuff our anger. However, the story of Cain and Abel reminds us just how easy it is for our anger to slip into sin:
'The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is contrary to you, but you must rule over it.”' (Genesis 4:6-7)
Being slow to anger, as Rich preached from Proverbs, is essential. I find that it really is vital to ask ourselves the hard questions as to what is really motivating our anger. Anger acts as a signal that something is wrong. But it takes additional reflection and prayerful discernment to figure out what is going on with our anger. Talking about our anger with a trusted friend and/or spiritual advisor is really important.
(2) A lot of our problem with anger is in giving ourselves permission to take our anger before the Lord in prayer. Consider one of the imprecatory psalms, like Psalm 137:
4 How shall we sing the Lord's song
in a foreign land?
5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem,
let my right hand forget its skill!
6 Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth,
if I do not remember you,
if I do not set Jerusalem
above my highest joy!
7 Remember, O Lord, against the Edomites
the day of Jerusalem,
how they said, “Lay it bare, lay it bare,
down to its foundations!”
8 O daughter of Babylon, doomed to be destroyed,
blessed shall he be who repays you
with what you have done to us!
9 Blessed shall he be who takes your little ones
and dashes them against the rock!
The psalm writer is writing from the perspective of being in forced exile in Babylon, ripped away from home. But Scripture is not condoning infanticide here. Rather, it is about showing us that can we take our legitimate anger to God in prayer, and allow Him to heal it.
Thanks for your help, Trav and Rich, to work through what is surely a difficult subject for many people.