I read an article recently on Anger Management and felt very impressed, the opinions shared in that piece were insightful and deep, at some point in the article, the author (clinical psychologist) made posits that one of the ways to manage anger and tantrums was to ‘subdue’ the same. I didn’t quite agree with that point in particular and a few other points.
That immediately took me to the scriptures as my custom is, I love to use the Bible to authenticate any philosophical position out there, if the bible does not directly support the notion, I’ll throw it out of my mind, but the good news is that there were several passages in the Bible where the Word condemns anger and proffers anger management through the embrace of Grace and God.
However, I ran into the day Jesus used a Whip or Scourge to sanitize the temple, I’m sure He didn’t carry that out ‘patiently’ but ‘angrily’, which makes me think about lessons to learn from the Day Jesus Got Angry. The reasons behind the expressions of His anger is perhaps more important that the anger on its own. I’ll like you all to be Inspired today from the Reasons Jesus got angry so that we may learn some invaluable eternal lessons.
The scriptures in John puts it lightly this way:
And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and
The experience mentioned above happened literally and the church has refused to do exactly the same today, maybe we are ‘wiser’ than Jesus (lol) and would not express our anger this way, which may mean we condone certain things.
4 THINGS THAT SHOULD MAKE YOU ANGRY
- Merchandising the Anointing: Every believer should be angry with those who make money out of ministry and the anointing. The scriptures tells us clearly that ‘freely you have received… freely give’ (Matt. 10 v 8). I always have Holy anger when I see preachers merchandise the grace of God by putting price tags on the blessings of God.
- Commerce in the Church: This also breaks my heart and it is rampant today in the church; preachers have turned the House of God to a Business School, they teach more of business principles than spiritual matters. The church should focus on what God had called us to be; Life Changers and Change Agents as Salt and Light NOT Silver and Gold.
- Service for Sale: The Bible tells us that Oxen were used for plowing the fields for harvest, so Jesus was angry when He found out that Oxen were being sold. We should also get angry when we see members selling their services in the House of God. This has become an integral part of our system and church culture but it still doesn’t make it right. We should serve God sincerely and freely, He will reward us Himself.
- Less Prayer in Church: Can you imagine any other institution on earth that is saddled with the sole responsibility of prayers outside the church. The modern day church had become so sophisticated to the point of losing spiritual fervor through prayers….and my people love it so. We should be angry when we see believers who don’t pray but play.
In conclusion, every believer should have a whip and use them to chase out those who practice the above vices, we should be unapologetically passionate for Him.