Jesus did anger the right way—the righteous way. But what does that mean?
“And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart…”-Mark 3:5 (ESV)
Did you catch that? Jesus’ anger was attended by grief. Grief for their lack of faith—for the very thing He walked with them for. His anger stemmed from love for them and concern for their spiritual welfare. It had nothing to do with hatred or ill-will.
Now stop what you’re doing, because I know you are doing it, just as I have. Before you beat yourself up over all of the times you have had unrighteous anger instead of righteous, please note that you cannot exercise this in the Name of Jesus if you cannot execute the rest of the characteristics of Holy Spirit Love. This kind of response to others is completely fueled by the Holy Spirit inside of you. Absolutely nothing in you aside from Him is capable of this sort of response.
So as we meditate on this characteristic of our Savior today let’s remember a few things and give a big, loud “Hallelujah!” at the end of each one.
- We are not God. We fall short of His glory every. single. day.
- We need a Savior. Jesus didn’t come that we could ever measure up… He came to save. And He keeps saving every day.
Be encouraged. Praise His Holy Name for His mercy and grace for each and every moment of the day. The good and the bad. And know that as you draw near to Him, your heart will grow tender, and He will show you what it is to grieve for the hearts of others as He does.
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