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Soooo Angry!

By: Admin on May 21, 2013

There is an ancient Aramaic word from the middle east, 'raca'. It literally means, "empty headed person" Thayers NT Lexicon. At the time it was used, about 2000 some years ago, it was actually an extremely strong insult to be delivered to a person by someone who was extremely angry with them.

The word is strong enough sounding, if you say it right. You definitely get the sense that you are blasting someone. Jesus talked about the use of that word in Matthew 5:21 & 22:

“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.
Jesus wasn't talking about the words, he was talking about the heart. We notice right away that the context of this part of Jesus' teaching was anger.

Uncontrolled anger can cause horrific destruction. Whether it be a broken friendship, broken property or even murder, allowing anger to guide decisions and actions causes nothing but hurt, pain and damage. Jesus takes our anger very seriously and for our own sakes demands that we deal with it properly.

Give some thought to this when we are angry:

1. Is it about God or me?
James 1:19 - 21
19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

Everything in our life is to be focused on God, who God is and what God wants. Therefore, whose criteria are we basing our actions and words on? Is our offense with sin or offense with others? Does our reaction line up with God’s purposes and plan for our life?

STOP, LISTEN, BE QUIET, REST. That 10 seconds of breathing may save a life and your reputation and along with it, Jesus’ reputation. (Do you really want to be the one known to say “Raca” to everyone?)

2. Even if I’m right, is it my right?
Romans 12:18 - 20
18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
    if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”

What do I want to get out of it? If it is about me, then I go against God. If it is about God, God wins, the other person wins and I win, too.

The most important commandments are to love God and love others. Am I loving God and loving others in a practical, visible, authentic way with my actions and words based on my anger?

We are to intentionally live in peace, doing EVERYTHING possible to be at peace. (verse 18) Just a note: This 'do everything' applies to you and I personally, not the other person. If they don't want peace, that is their loss.

Consciously depend on God to make things right in His way and in His time (Verse 19). Again, every situation in life is about God and how He will work.

Redirect energy of anger to doing good (Romans 12:20). One note: The motivation is not to pile on the hot coals! The motivation is out of living in peace with others and trusting God. The 'heaping-on of coals" is a result of the person's conscience at work, not our work on them. Remember, love God and love others. Love is a verb that means DO something for their good out of love.

3. Who am I? A product of God's grace
Ephesians 4:31, 32
31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

We are the products of God’s grace: his free gift of love, forgiveness and reconciliation that leads to an eternal relationship with him that begins the moment you place your faith in Jesus.

Therefore, get rid of...Throw away like trash. Despise them in your own life, vocabulary (Raca included) and actions.

BE....kind and compassionate, not just “do nice things” BE KIND AND COMPASSIONATE.

DO..forgiving just as God forgave us through the work and person of Jesus Christ. This is a brutal task at times. Jesus gave up his life and suffered our punishment in our place so we could receive forgiveness for free. God makes no demands for payment for our debt of sin. There are no conditions to forgiveness. No charges, no payments required. In fact, to try and "make things up to God" is really diminishing the value of Jesus' work on our behalf. Accept the gift of grace and forgiveness and then LIVE it exactly as Jesus did.

This living out the grace we have received inevitably leads us to truly and freely forgiving others.

Are you angry? Remember to put God's interests ahead of yours, drop your excuses and follow Jesus' lead.

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Topics: anger, forgiveness, grace, message series

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