Anger and Compasion

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Anger and compassion, seems like another oxymoron.

Both are emotions, you can have too much anger, but to be angry is not necessarily all bad.

If we look at Luke 19 verses 41 to 46;  We see that Jesus acted out of anger and compassion.

V 41: “As He {Jesus] approached and saw the city, He wept over it”,

V 42: “If you knew this day what would bring peace – but now it is hidden from your eyes”.

V 43; “For the days will come on you when your enemies will build an embankment against you, surround you,and hem you in on every side”.

V 44:  “They will crush you and your children within you to the ground, and they will not leave one stone on another in you, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.”

V 45: “He went into the temple complex and began to throw out those who were selling, ”

V 46: “and He said, ‘It is written, My house will be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves!'”

Here we see Jesus weeping with compassion, and then we see Him angry at what was happening in the temple. As we consider Jesus’ response in these two situations, lets look at our own lives. what moves us to tears, and what injustice makes us indignant.

So there is anger that can be used for good. There seems to be another oxymoron, anger and good. But what makes for good anger?

Well God gets angry against sin {wrong doings} that He has labelled, that will separate us from a complete relationship with Him.

God judgement against sin had a price, and a price was needed to be paid. The price was paid in full by Our Lord and Our Friend on the Cross, who bore our judgement.  John 3 verse 16 and 17.

God’s anger is against Sin {wrongdoings}. God’s compassion and love sent His Own son to pay the price for all sin {Wrongdoings that separated us all from Him]. God’s anger acts and then forgives.

God’s anger is rooted in thoughtful understanding of justice. But anger whether good or bad is powerful.

Proverbs 27 verse 4: “Fury is cruel and anger is a flood, but who can withstand jealousy.”

Lets finish with Ephesians 4 verse 25:  “Be angry and do not sin. don’t let the sun go down on your anger.”

Anger needs to be harnessed and used with compassion with a calculated intent for good.  The God kind of anger, but He also had a plan of compassion, with His anger against sin.

There is no condemnation for those In Christ Jesus,{ Romans 8 verse 1} -Be angry but do not sin.

God Bless.

O F J.

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