Preacher told us all about anger today.
Of course, he taught with humor.
He always makes us laugh when he has a serious point to make.
With examples of those who let anger remain with them for a long time.
Those who let anger push them in the wrong direction.
He said, “When you are angry, do good…”
The pharisees got angry with Jesus, and tried to find ways to get rid of him. Completely.
That was not doing good.
One time the pharisees were watching Jesus to see if he would heal someone on the Sabbath. There were rules about that kind of thing.
“Is it better to do good or to do evil? ” he asked them. Pretty easy question.
But, they wouldn’t answer.
Jesus got so mad…so, so angry…so angry that…well, he just healed the guy. Right there in front of them.
That was doing good.
So, the preacher said, “You see, anger’s not the real problem. The real problem is whether you do good, or evil, in the anger.”
Then, you have to let the anger go.
Now, we live in a world where people are angry all the time. So angry that they want to do something.
To the one they are angry with.
As I get older, anger doesn’t feel good like it used to when I was young.
It actually feels pretty bad.
I don’t like feeling bad that way.
In my gut.
I’ve found that it hurts me more than it hurts the one who incited the anger.
And, they were probably already in pretty bad shape when they did whatever they did.
I can’t really blame them.
I used to do that, too.
“Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.”
Proverbs 19:11 ESV