Lent 2022 • Week Five Jesus Is Not Easily Angered

Tuesday, March 29th, 2022

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February 15th, 2022
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“The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.” ~Matthew 20:31,34 (NIV)

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February 17th, 2022
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Bible Reading • Matthew 20:29-34

Two Blind Men Receive Sight

“As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.” Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.“

ANGER

Anger in itself is not a sin—-it can be a healthy recognition that things are not as they ought to be. Anger that is directed against someone who inconveniences us is self-centered anger and not righteous anger. The Bible gives us several incidents of Jesus being angered; it is Jesus’ love that compels Him to anger against those who abuse and misuse the helpless.

  • His anger burned against the disciples when they tried to keep the little children from Him.
  • His anger burned against the money changers who made a profit off those who came to worship at the temple.
  • His anger burned against the religious leaders who misled the people in their spiritual charge.

Some often refer to the God of the Old Testament as the “Angry God” and the “God of Love” in the New Testament through Jesus. God is the same in the Old and New Testament, God the Father, the Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

This is perfect love.

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)

When words and actions push one’s own agenda’s at the cost of someone else’s dignity it is an insult to God’s loving nature and a cause for righteous anger. Anger that is aroused from personal inconvenience only shows one’s own pride, selfishness and a lack of love.

Jesus’ compassion and His anger both flow from the same heart of love—love not of self, but love of God and love for others. This is the love we should cultivate in our own hearts, as we become the literal hands and feet of Jesus.

Challenge Questions

Think back on the last time you were angry.

  • Was is caused by witnessing injustice done against others or a perceived inconvenience against yourself?
    • I can say with all honesty that my anger is sometimes because I have been inconvenienced. I struggle with being over zealous with my emotions and have misplaced anger from time to time.
    • I see injustices daily on the news, in my neighborhood and in my workplace. I’ve been know you argue with a TV screen on occasion. I am fortunate that I can engage in healthy debates with at least one coworker. I also owe this same coworker much gratitude for teaching me coping skills that I have adapted through the years.
    • When I see I justice on a global scale it can be difficult to deal with; thinking what can I possibly do to make a difference…the answer is can be as easy as incorporating into your daily activities to treat others the way you would like to be treated. You know, the “Golden Rule.”

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”
Matthew 7:12 (NIV)

  • What does your anger reveal about your own heart?
    • I am selfish at times thinking that my time is more valuable than someone else’s. That certainly is not true and I am working and learning to be more intentional with my words and actions.
    • Being human comes with the human condition of being sinful by nature. I don’t say this as an excuse, only baseline of what is true. I can certainly be and do better, but the opposite can also come true. My desire is to be better, I want to grow and mature into the person God created me to be, not perfect or sinless but loving and caring. Being intentional also means I need to be mindful of the things I do and see; the things we feed ourselves is the byproduct of who we become.

If Jesus were sitting across from you, would He join in rebuking those you are angry with, or would He turn and rebuke you?

  • Umm… (swallows hard).
  • Sometimes Jesus would join and other times, I am I one needing to be rebuked. Intentionality, is my goal. Surround myself with others wanting to be more like Jesus. I am stronger, braver, kinder and more loving because of the people in my life. My friends and family love and support me and call me out when I’m wrong.

Sit for a moment with these questions, and ask the Spirit to reveal any sinful anger in your life you need to confess and to fill you with His love instead.

Prayer~

Loving God, thank you for loving me and for all the wonderful people you have placed in my life. Through the years I have been blessed with the right individuals at precisely the right time. You know me and love me not because of who I am or what I can do, you love me because I am your child. You reprove me not out of anger but because you love me. Jesus guide me to live a life pleasing to you, I pray your Holy Spirit will lead me to truth and comfort me in times of doubt and troubles. Jesus please be with the person reading this, bless them and strengthen their resolve to follow you. I ask all these things in Jesus name~Amen.

📚• 📚 Further Study 📚 • 📚

True Fasting

Isaiah 58:1-14 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Isaiah%2058:1-14&version=NIV

Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath

Matthew 12:11-16 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Matthew%2012:11-16&version=NIV

The Sheep and the Goats

Matthew 25:31-46 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Matthew%2025:31-46&version=NIV

Blind Bartimaeus Received His Sight

Mark 10:46-52 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Mark%2010:46-52&version=NIV

Warning Against the Teachers of the Law

Mark 12:38-40 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Mark%2012:38-40&version=NIV

Samaritan Opposition

Luke 9:51-56 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Luke%209:51-56&version=NIV

A Blind Beggar Received His Sight

Luke 18:35-43 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Luke%2018:35-43&version=NIV

Instructions for Christian Living

Ephesians 4:26 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Ephesians%204:26&version=NIV

Friends—

Thank you for stopping by my blog today, I am blessed by your visit. I appreciate your support and encouragement.

~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anger

Matthew 20:31,34 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Matthew%2020:31,34&version=NIV
Matthew 20:29-34 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Matthew%2020:29-34&version=NIV
Matthew 28:18-20 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Matthew%2028:18-20&version=NIV
Matthew 7:12 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Matthew%207:12&version=NIV

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