We continue our series on the Seven Deadly Relational Sins with a look at the ever volatile sin of Anger. (But is anger really a sin?)
You homework is to unpack your last anger event. What happened? What set you off? How did you manifest your anger (externally, internally, with matches, or did you just stuff it)? What specifically did you feel in your anger? Think about that for a few minutes. And lastly, think about where God was when all of this played out.
Definition: Culpable anger is a vengeful or destructive passion, often uncontrolled, that flares up against a person or thing giving pain or frustration. This passion can be exhibited outwardly via an outburst or swallowed yielding resentment and potential bitterness.
Dr. N. Plantinga, Calvin Seminary Dean
(Anger is not simple vexation, mere frustration, firmness or assertiveness, or righteous indignation).
God is a righteous judge, a God who expresses his wrath every day.
The poet in Psalm 7:11, NIV
The LORD is a jealous and avenging God; the LORD takes vengeance and is filled with wrath. The LORD takes vengeance on his foes and maintains his wrath against his enemies.
The prophet Nahum 1:2
But the LORD is the true God; he is the living God, the eternal King. When he is angry, the earth trembles; the nations cannot endure his wrath.
The prophet Jeremiah 10:10, NIV
Jesus went straight to the Temple and threw out everyone who had set up shop, buying and selling. He kicked over the tables of loan sharks and the stalls of dove merchants. He quoted this text: My house was designated a house of prayer; You have made it a hangout for thieves.
Matthew 21:12-14, MSG
"An eye for and eye leaves the whole world blind."
I will take vengeance. I will repay those who deserve it."
God in Hebrews 10:30
Images by Sarah Van Sloten