The bible states that we can be angry but sin not. Eph. 4:26
I thought to myself - God understands that as humans we will become angry. God himself gets angry, that got me thinking, why would God allow an emotion that can potentially become so toxic to dwell within us?
If we were created in his image than we would have to possess the same characteristics that He does. God showed his anger on several occasions throughout the bible. The first being when he cast Adam and Eve from the garden when they disobeyed his direct order not to eat of the tree of good and evil.
Gen 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
The second is when he cursed Cain for murdering his brother:
Gen 4:11 And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand; 12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.
The ultimate being when He commissioned Noah to build the art because He was going to send a flood. Prior to that time the people did not know what rain was:
Gen 7:4 For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.
Time and time again throughout the pages we can see different forms of God's anger.
But if we look deeper, we see that the things that angered God were the things that he was most passionate about. It was the people and situations that he loved deeply that ultimately angered him. He cared deeply for Adam. So much so that he did not want him to be alone, thus creating his partner Eve, just as he had created for all other creatures. He cared deeply for both Cain and Able. He loved Able more due to his obedience, but despite Cain's negative attitude God never stopped loving him. God loved the people that lived on earth but when they become so wicked and evil He knew that He had to do something to correct the problem, hence the flood.
As we continue in our walk with Christ we must understand that the things that we are most passionate about, family relationships, friendships, marriages, children - all of these things have the capability of making us become angry at one point. When we feel that surge coming on we must be like God, address the issue but continue to show love. Sometimes the best way to do that is to move away from the situation. Care about the person or relationship but don't keep it close to you. In doing this we can still love as God commanded but not subject ourselves to the harse reality of human nature.
Who do you need to show some love to today?
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