Our inward volcano

Good morning

It seems to me that at work, as the end of the year comes rushing at us, folk, including me, find it easy to get angry. “ I thought this job would be done by Christmas..!!” or “ how can you say that we will miss target for the year end now – why not discuss this in October!!” I hope you get the idea.

Anger can suddenly be within us with no notice what so ever and then without warning can overwhelm us. I doubt whether any of us wake up in the morning and decide that “today I shall be angry!!” but it can happen.

As a Christian, not just at work I might add, this is a dangerous area. The book of Mark chapter 3 and verse 5 gives us an example of the strength of character of Jesus and how He dealt with anger. We read this: “And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.”

Mark records that Jesus, as He enters the synagogue, angrily gazes at the Pharisees in their sin of callousness toward human suffering. Having a full measure of the Holy Spirit, He can discern their evil hearts. With severe and stern indignation, He reacts to their hypocrisy and hardness of heart.

However, His is not a spiteful or revengeful reaction but intense sorrow at their state of mind. Mark phrases it as “being grieved for the hardness of their hearts.” It is not hatred of men but anger at the sin they exhibited combined with the passionate sadness that not even His teaching, God’s law, or any other means could overcome their confirmed wickedness.

This type of anger is not sin because it is controlled, without hatred, short-lived, and justified due to their defiance of God. Anger is lawful only when it is tempered with sorrow for those who have offended. Paul warns, “‘Be angry, and do not sin’: do not let the sun go down on your wrath” (Ephesians 4:26).

So let our first thought be for the eternal welfare of all those we come into contact with. So when a situation is drawing up anger within us, ask God to help us to be Christ like. It is hard in the moment to do this so once again this brings me back to the importance of spending time every day in quiet with Him and the Word so that we daily become more Christ like.

Have a great day everyone

Mark

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