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Proverbs 29

Today’s Proverb speaks to me about justice and anger.  I’ve heard anger defined as a reaction to a perceived injustice.  So, I think there is some significance at looking at the two words together.  Without an understanding of God’s justice, I think we create our own.  I believe the warnings in the text regarding anger are those against our misdirected anger, misinterpreted justice or unchecked liberties.

“Mockers stir up a city, but wise men turn away anger.”
“If a wise man goes to court with a fool, the fool rages and scoffs, and there is no peace.”
“A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.”
“An angry man stirs up dissension, and a hot-tempered one commits many sins.”

I have a question: Is it wrong to feel or act on anger?
The Proverb seems to lean that way.  However, when referencing other parts of God’s story (OT) we read about God bringing His wrath against injustice and wickedness.  Jesus seemed to inherit this trait when we read about Him ‘cleaning house’ (John 2:12-25) in the temple courts.  It appears He was ticked!

Recently, I’ve been made aware of some injustices in the world from both friends and the news.  I find myself angry over issues like sex trafficking, human slavery and poverty in countries which, until more recently, seemed very far away.  I’m mad that innocent lives are being lost to curable diseases.  Did you know there are some organizations developed because they were angered by this also?  There are people who, after being aware of these injustices, pointed the finger at them and said, “This is wrong and something needs to be done!”  One of these organizations is the International JUSTICE Mission .  Also, if you’re looking for ways New Life is seeking to ‘make right’ the injustices in the community and the world by offering a cold drink of water in Jesus’ name, please visit our P4C  or P4N areas on the NL website.  There may be a next step for you.

More than anything though, what blows my mind is the seemingly unfair justice of God.  I don’t mean that He is unfair on His expectations of His creation (us).  I’m referring to His perfect love and the offering of His Son Jesus, who was sacrificed in the place of our sins.  Our death sentence was issued to Jesus.  That is unfair justice.  That is the sacrificial God of grace, love and a whole lot of AWESOME!  There is no other person, way, path, religion or belief that offers the same (John 14:6).

Boughner (Gal 6:2)

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