10 July 2013

Does God Really Get Angry?

S: Where is another God like you, who pardons the guilt of the remnant, overlooking the sins of his special people? You will not stay angry with your people forever, because you delight in showing unfailing love. (Micah 7:18 NLT)

O: It sounds like God doesn't delight in what the scriptures call anger.

A: I haven't ever been able to really reconcile the idea of my loving, forgiving, infinite & patient Lord with all of the angry and punitive things ascribed to Him in scripture. I have never been the least bit afraid of God, even though there are plenty of seemingly good reasons to be so. 

It seems, instead, that what scripture calls anger is simply God no longer interceding on our behalf . . . not because He's mad at us, but because we are no longer living in a way that brings blessings. And I think, instead of anger, God feels so, so sad for us. 

P: God, please grant me more of Your heart. Let me see others more and more as You do. Strengthen my faith so I can let go of anger. And please, let it be soon! In Jesus' name, amen!


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I welcome questions and concerns--they are most often what spur us closer to the truth. I only ask that we all give everyone the most generous benefit of the doubt, assigning the best motives possible. A soft answer truly does turn away wrath, and an atmosphere of Jesus's love is the best for learning, no matter which side of a discussion you're on.

Thanks so much, and God bless you!