“So then my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath, for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” James 1:19-20 (NKJV)
What do you get angry at? What you get angry at is an indicator of what you value and care about. Do you get angry at the injustices that those with less experience. Do you get angry when you see people living on the streets? Do you get angry when you hear about someone being abused or suffering needlessly at the hands of a predator? What about when someone lies to you, mistreats you, steals from you, or makes fun of you? Well, I know the answer to the last set of questions - yes! Even though we may get angry at the troubles and hardships that others suffer, we can usually count on becoming angry when we are on the receiving end of those injustices. James says that that is not the same anger God displays. We get angry because our pride has been injured. Someone hurt our feelings, challenged our reputation, or disregarded our property. All of those instances involve “me” and “mine.” That anger originates from self. God’s anger is very different; it originates from love. Because God loves people, He gets angry when what He values and loves is hurt, misused, murdered, assaulted, made fun of, ignored, hated, treated as common, and the list goes on. Because God loves you and values you above anything else, His anger is kindled when you are not treated the way He intended. The same goes for those you hurt. He is not angry at you as much as He is angry for you. He wants you to have a life of joy and peace, no matter your circumstances. And when you, or anyone else, experiences anything less through the selfishness of sin, He is angered. But it is an “angry love.” It says, “I have so much more for you! I want so much more for you than you presently experience!” Because of this truth, do not be afraid of God’s anger, but be comforted by it. It means you are genuinely loved. Just don’t be on the disciplining end of it. And even if you are, that is still His love getting you back on the track He designed for you to live in. No matter what you do or experience, God’s actions toward you will always be loving. Thank Him for His very different "angry love” towards you today!