Daily Readings/ Editorial
Scriptures to be read before the sermon on Sunday, July 15
Monday: Nahum 1:1-11
Tuesday: Nahum 1:12-15
Wednesday: Nahum 2:1-9
Thursday: Nahum 2:10-13
Friday: Nahum 3:1-7
Saturday: Nahum 3:8-19
Anger Can Be Beautiful
Dr. Paul Tripp makes a very interesting statement. He writes that anger is one of God’s most beautiful characteristics – in fact, God’s anger is a bright hope for the world. Because God is righteously angry, we can rest assured that everything sin has broken will be restored.
Dr. Tripp goes on to write: “That means we should be angry too. In a world where nothing operates as it was intended and where evil often has more immediate influence than good, it would be wrong for us not to be angry.”
But the rub comes when we get angry for the wrong reason. Dr. Tripp warns about our anger not working to right what is wrong with patience and mercy, but instead being a quest for self-rule and having one’s own way regardless of the consequences.
Some recommendations for the appropriate use of anger are as follows: First, accept your anger. Don’t pretend you aren’t angry when you are. Anger that gets pushed beneath the surface will eventually come out with greater force and more damaging results.
Second, take a “time-out” to get control of yourself. Your body reacts physically when you get angry – your heart pumps faster. During this “time-out” you may not only calm down, but also listen to what your anger is telling you – what kind of warning it is giving you.
Third, think through your anger. Once you have calmed down, think about what is upsetting you and what may need to be addressed in your life or in relationships with others.
Fourth, express your anger responsibly. Don’t yell or blame or attack others. You may be right about what you are feeling and saying, but unless you express it in a way others can hear it, they will have a hard time responding as they should to you.
If anger is handled appropriately, it can be a powerful tool for telling others how you feel and where you stand as well as making things right. It certainly was the vehicle used throughout the Bible, from the prophet Nahum to Jesus. Our Lord used anger to send a message to those who were not compassionate (Mark 3:5) and to those who put money ahead of God (Mark 11:15-18). Jesus showed us what Dr. Tripp wrote - God will make things right! Jesus also encouraged us to work to make things right with others by using anger to help us see where and how to be reconciled (Matthew 5:21-26), which will bring a blessing from God (Matthew 5:9) – and will be very beautiful in God’s sight as well.
(Source for recommendations is
CareNotes, St. Meinrad, Indiana)