Anger: Part 2
Are you ready for some good news?
Anger is inevitable. Sin is optional.
The Gospel brings victory over our everyday sins. Today, this devotional will explore the Gospel’s power over sinful anger.
Paul’s words to the Ephesians are striking:
“Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.” (Ephesians 4:26–28, ESV)
It is inevitable that you’ll get angry. If you’re never angry, you’re probably just not in touch with what makes you mad.
“Do not sin….” Not sinning is the exhortation that matters most. Remember, inside every command of God is the promise of God. So, it must be possible to be angry without falling into sin. But how?
One of the keys to conquering sin is found in the epistle to the Hebrews: “Come to the throne grace in your time of need” (rather than afterward).
We have gained access to the throne room of God solely by the blood of Jesus and none of our own righteousness. The gospel of grace means that whether we are just slightly irritable, or in full outrage, the blood of Jesus gives us access to the throne room of God. The Holy of Holies could be visited only once a year by the high priest on the Day of Atonement after the sprinkling of the blood. It was there, in that inmost sanctum, where the Ark of the Covenant abided. It was the symbolic seat of God’s mercy.
Now, in Christ, you’ve been made a priest and you’ve been given access to the throne of grace always. You don’t need to wash, to purify yourself, to clean yourself up before you come to the throne of grace. Come to the throne of grace and be purified.
What it means is staggering. When you are MAD, you can go to God and acknowledge, I am MAD. You don’t have to wait until your anger subsides before going to the throne of grace. Go, when you’re mad and say: God, I am ANGRY. I don’t know what to do about it. I feel so frustrated, God, I’m coming to you with my anger. Come into His presence in the middle of your anger and allow His grace to fill you. Allow Him to help you understand your anger. God’s grace can set you free even when you’re mad. And that’s the gospel!