By: Tim Irving – Evangelism TeamĀ 

Anger is an emotion we all feel too often. Those fools in the green car, the black car, the white SUV, that need to learn how to drive can really make your blood boil. But is your anger justified? In these trying times, it doesn’t take much to set people off to commit needless violence. So, what makes you angry? I’m sure we all could come up with a long list of pet peeves, but what is at the top of your list? It should be the same righteous anger that drove Jesus to clear out the Temple. Anything or anyone that brings reproach to God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, or His church, should make our ears red! While everyone may have a right to their own belief, and while everyone hasn’t, and sadly won’t, accept the Lord, that doesn’t give them the right to defame the name of Jesus! We should be like David,, “because zeal for Your house has eaten me up.” That doesn’t mean we go around putting down others for their beliefs but we stand up for ours! We worship the one true God. He has blessed us in so many ways, given us His Son, His grace. Giving Him our devotion is a small thing in return. Jesus delivers some sobering words in Mark 8:38. “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of the Father with the holy angels.” We’re human, we’ll get angry, but keep those petty annoyances in perspective. Instead, take offense and stand tall for the Lord, but think twice before you go clearing out any temples.