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Jul. 26th, 2004 @ 05:54 pm Frustrated About Anger
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Date:July 27th, 2004 01:00 pm (UTC)
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I know that Jesus was a man of peace, but I don't think that you can say he didn't show anger or disgust. When you say that Jesus only really got riled up one time, I assume that you are talking about his cleansing of the temple. Granted, Jesus, as presented in the gospels, was not prone to violent outbreaks. Few people are. Jesus was, however, one who became angry over sin. The same mouth that said "Blessed are the peacemakers" said, "I have not come to bring peace, but a sword." He was gentle with the woman caught in adultery, but when dealing with the religious elite, who believed that their works were going to win them a place in heaven, his phrase of choice was "Woe unto you." He called their souls painted tombs full of rot, and I doubt that he was all cherries and roses when he condemned Tyre and Sidon with the pronouncement that it would go better with Sodom and Gomorrah at the end of time than with them.

Jesus was gentle. He was a man who wept for his people, and showed what God's love is all about, but he was also capable of righteous anger. The bible says "In your anger, do not sin." The issue that we have to deal with, is how we are going to deal with anger, how are we going to use it. Are we becoming angry when we find ourselves falling into sin? Good. Do we become angry when we see God's laws flouted? Good again. Do we become angry when a waiter doesn't keep our pop glass full?....You get my point.