Over the last couple of articles, the topics of hope and self-love were discussed to help guide individuals to their place of destiny, or promised land. The message of hope highlighted the power of writing down visions from God and absorbing the inspiration received from daily prayer and interaction with those visions. The inspiration (God’s breath of life) will cause you to move in the direction of the things that you’re hoping for. The message of self-love depicted the importance of embracing the things that enthuse you, and truly accepting who God made you to be. Since enthusiasm comes from God (root word entheos – God on the inside of you), you will be following God when you follow your passion. Likewise, this message on “holy anger” is a follow-up puzzle piece to those messages. “Holy”anger makes up part of the fabric for the journey of your life’s purpose.
The word “Holy” means separated onto God, or exclusive for God’s purposes. Thus, “holy” anger will be mentioned to describe action motivated by God’s anger to fulfill His justice/purpose in the Earth. Scripture instructs us to “be ye angry, but sin not”. Over the course of my life, I’ve heard this scripture used as a point of reference to illustrate that we should not be ruled by our emotions in a negative manner and that we should exercise control when individuals provoke or antagonize us. Those teachings are very good and they are indeed solid because we must understand that we have to “bridle our tongue” and “turn the other cheek” in the presence of outlandish offenses made towards us. On the other hand, the basis that we will explore on the biblical verse of “be ye angry, but sin not” will come from the standpoint of the following: 1) Anger is not always a bad thing. 2) Anger can be ordained of God. 3) Anger should be directed in a positive manner to “right a wrong” or solve a problem.
When we acknowledge that we are made in God’s image and that we have the same emotions as God, it should certainly make us wonder “is it okay to be angry?” When I hear the verse, “be ye angry, but sin not”, a couple of things come to mind. First, I interpret that its okay to get upset and/or angry as long as you don’t sin or commit a terrible deed in return that you will later regret. Secondly, I think of a deeper meaning of the phrase “sin not”. The opposite of sin is called righteousness, or doing what’s right in God’s sight. In my mind, when I think of that verse, I hear something different. I hear “be ye angry, but be righteous (meaning get angry, but “right” the wrong). Where am I going with this?
For just a moment, consider the things of the world that needs to be addressed, confronted or changed. How is it possible for correction or real change to occur if the “ills” of the world doesn’t disturb someone at the core of their being? There will be some things in this world that will anger you so much that you will feel compelled to do something about it. These provocations for anger and how it affects your soul, in my opinion, are God-ordained. Now let me be clear, the incidents that get us angry may not be of God, but the provocation for anger that promotes change/correction may certainly be inspired by God. Does this make sense? In other words, the things that were meant for harm can turn into good if we know how to appropriately apply “be ye angry, but sin not”.
Below are some examples of the effective use of “holy” anger and how the problem solving can be addressed through one’s vocation. 1) Witnessing domestic abuse – addressed by becoming a counselor or social worker. 2) Acknowledging the troubles that marriages face – becoming a family therapist, counselor or psychologist. 3) Recognizing that people can work a job everyday of their lives and still live in poverty – being a financial coach. 4) Knowing that a person can live a life of hell on Earth, yet they can still die and go to Hell for eternity – becoming an evangelist or preacher. 5) Witnessing crime in your community and no longer wanting its residents to live in fear – becoming a police officer. 6) Infuriated about homelessness in America – becoming a volunteer to feed the homeless…At this point, you get the gist of where I’m going.
“Holy” anger leads you to the problem that you were CALLED to help solve. Therefore, just as your visions, inspirations of hope, and enthusiasm gives you guidance for the path that you should follow in life, we should also consider the things that generally anger us the most. Imagine if Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King had never been consumed with “holy” anger when he learned that Rosa Parks was jailed for not giving up her seat on the bus in Montgomery, Alabama. My God! Look at what his demonstration of “be ye angry, but sin not” did for our society!
The problem that you solve, or could solve, is one of the reasons that you’re still here on this Earth. Additionally, problems that are solved can lead to highly profitable business ideas too. This spiritual blueprint has led many inventors to their path of untold riches. Thus, I’m encouraging you to just ponder over the things that really gnaw at your soul and irritate you. In doing so, continue to seek God in prayer and wait for the vision that inspires you to be the hope of change that the world needs. As you do this, it should stir up the passion, the enthusiasm, and the gifts that reside on the inside of you. As you embrace those feelings, and not ignore them, you will be the gift that the world has been waiting on. Let’s boldly go before the world and become righteous problem solvers! Amen.
Written by: Quincy Mason
Published with: Inner Faith Wealth Builders !Evangelism
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