The anger of Christ is most interesting, especially when we discover what did and did not make Him angry. This discovery enables us to prioritize our anger.
First, what did not make Him angry?
He did not become angry when facing thousands of hungry people, with only five loaves and two fishes, and His disciples were doubtful. Instead of upbraiding them, He simply instructed them in what to do.
He was not angry when Peter panicked out of fear when the disciple attempted to walk on water. He assisted him.
He was not angry at his hometown crowd in Nazareth, who tried to stone Him.
He was not angry when a group of men interrupted His church service, and took the roof off, spilling debris all over. It did not seem to bother Him at all, due to their concern for a man needing a miracle.
He even did not get angry with the woman at the well, nor the woman taken in adultery, even with their lifestyles. While certainly not condoning their choices, He showed mercy, promising them a higher level of existence. Other illustrations are numerous, showing how He gave compassion, when we would have been judgmental.
Second, what did make Him angry?
He became very angry when He saw how the temple of God was being desecrated by abuse and greed.
When the religious leaders objected to Him breaking tradition by healing a man on the Sabbath, He became extremely angry.
In Matthew 23, we read how He warned, in anger, the Pharisees and religious leaders, for taking advantage of the poor, the widows, and the orphans.
Throughout the Gospels, it is evident that what angered Him the most was pride, hypocrisy, and a religious spirit, void of a relationship with the Father.A religious spirit, void of a relationship with the Father.
“A man who is angry on the right grounds, against the right persons, in the right manner, at the right moment, and for the right length of time, deserves great praise.” (Bits & Pieces, May 27, 1993, p. 1.)
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