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Written by Keith Haney for “THE LIGHT BREAKS THROUGH” @ https://alightbreaksthrough.org
Original post @ https://alightbreaksthrough.org/anger-warps-the-image-of-god/
APR 15, 2020 Anger
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21“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.’’ Matthew 5:21-22
The Fifth commandment is unmistakable: ‘You shall not murder.’ For the scribes and Pharisees, the challenge is that they interpreted this command in its narrowest sense. The only way to break this commandment was through the shedding of innocent blood. As long as they didn’t cross that line, they were safe. In Matthew, Jesus says that the commandment extends to ‘emotional murder.’ Now that is a game-changer. If carrying resentment and anger against someone is included none of us is without fault.
Anger is one of the most powerful emotions and like Jesus points out in Matthew unchecked anger has repercussions. One bit of outrage started as a confrontation on the field in 1894, which intensified into the stands and burned down a stadium.
It was in the spring of 1894, the Baltimore Orioles came to Boston to play a routine baseball game. But what happened that day was anything but routine. The Orioles’ John McGraw got into a fight with the Boston third baseman. Within minutes, all the players from both teams had joined in the brawl. The warfare quickly spread to the grandstands. Among the fans, the conflict went from bad to worse.
Someone set fire to the stands, and the entire ballpark burned to the ground. Not only that, but the fire spread to 107 other Boston buildings. -Daily Bread, August 13, 1992.
Anger is an offense that perverts the likeness of God we were created to reflect. The emotion that reflects the nature of God is peace.
Shalom is better translated into English as “flourishing”. Shalom happens when all the conditions of God’s creation are such that everything he has made can function and thrive exactly as God formed and created it to do. You recognize those moments that appear every-once-in-a-while when life appears like everything is perfectly tuned around you exactly as God intends it to be—everything thrives and grows and flourishes—that’s shalom. This is the prayer God may bring to His creation. This is what the worship of those who gather in the presence of God is looking for. The reflection of our worship directed to our triune God is best fulfilled by God’s response to shalom-flourishing. That is the picture we encounter in Isaiah 32:16
Then justice will dwell in the wilderness,
and righteousness abide in the fruitful field.
And the effect of righteousness will be peace,
and the result of righteousness, quietness, and trust forever.
Heavenly Father, your peace passes all my understanding. When anger rises within me, please calm my mind and soften my heart with your tender words. Fill my whole life with your perfect peace. May your peace rather than my frustration shape my identity. With your Holy Spirit in my life, I can overcome anger. May I reveal your nature, being slow to anger and rich in steadfast love. Look upon me and cause your face to radiate upon me. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
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To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…
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