“He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city.” (Proverbs 16:32)
There is so much to provoke anger. Turn on the news—local or national—and you will hear accounts that make you angry and others that resulted from anger. So you turn off the TV and pull up YouTube.
After you tire of the funny cat videos, your search produces a message with false truth. Here at least, you can give a reply. You’re tempted to hit the ALL-CAPS button and pound your keys in response as if that will give greater weight to your comments. You’re angry, and you want someone to know it!
Sin and lies must make us angry. They motivate us to action. But anger can’t be what characterizes a Watchman’s service. Others must see righteousness and love.
You say, “Didn’t Jesus show anger?” Yes, He did. But how many times can you point to? And how does that compare to the number of times He had just cause to yell? Jesus got angry, but He never allowed anger to get Him. He was always its master.
Lord, as I sit at my keyboard and contemplate how to respond, help me to follow Your example instead of following the enemy’s. You could have destroyed Your accusers, but You chose silence instead. Help me to know when to speak and how to communicate so Your message gets through.