It goes without saying, we are in a highly emotional season.
But one thing that puzzles me is this; where is all the anger coming from?
I am astounded on a daily basis to hear and see the level of anger coming people, many who are born again Christians.
This anger is disproportionate with what is happening in our world. At least in my opinion. This is a time when we should be encouraging one another. Showing patience with others. Exhibiting the love of God. This is an opportunity to shine like no other.
Yet, daily I am hearing stories of people attacking other people, simply because they either don’t have on a mask or they are not wearing it the way others deem appropriate. Really?
I also see and hear of people angry for being required to wear a mask.
Both sides are enraged, and they are acting on that emotion. It’s great to have an opinion. This is the land of the free, after all. However it is not okay to respond angrily or in haste.
We need to wake up and see what the enemy is trying to do. Divide and conquer. No surprise! He is conquering many through this one emotion.
If you find yourself one of those who become angry when you walk into a store and see someone without a mask, you need to ask yourself, “where is this anger coming from? What is the root of it?”
You can be frustrated sure, but angry? Angry enough to attack another human being? You do not know the medical condition of that person, why would you judge and condemn them?
Furthermore, if you are angry about mask mandates, don’t take it out on people wearing masks, it’s their choice, or at least it should be. 1 Thess. 4:11 says; Aspire to lead a calm and peaceful life as you mind your own business.
If we could all do that, stay calm and mind our own business, we could walk through this season in a way that is pleasing to God.
The Bible says, “Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.” (James 1:19-20 NLT)
Rage and displays of anger, regardless of the reason, are not okay with God.
It’s okay to disagree. It’s okay to see things differently. It’s even okay to get frustrated. What is not okay is to vent your anger on others.
A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back. Proverbs 29:11
The Passion Translation makes it even clearer; You can recognize fools by the way they give full vent to their rage and let their words fly! But the wise bite their tongue and hold back all they could say.
I will quickly admit, a few things that have happened in the recent months have made me angry. People have made me angry. But our God commands we walk in love. His word demands we respond in love and not anger. Love is the only thing that never fails.
We must be diligent to keep this truth at the forefront of our thoughts. We must seek God’s face and ultimately choose His way.
Friends, we can change this atmosphere of anger! We ARE the church. We can walk in love. We can build up and refuse to tear down. We can bless. We can turn this around. We can ask God to put a guard over our mouth, so that we don’t sin with our tongue. We can do this, one day at a time.
I know emotions are high. I get that we are ready to return to life as it was before all this. Trust me, I understand. However, we must walk through this in a way that honors God. We must be the light in the darkness. We have to ability to let His glory shine, through us.
The next time anger rises within you, ask yourself, “where is it coming from? Is it pleasing to God? Does it display His love, patience and mercy?” Then take a deep breath and love one another, from your heart.
Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools. Eccl. 7:9