Living as Christians Without Wrath
You Can Live Without Wrath
You do not have to live full of anger, strife and vengeance. That does not have to be your life.
You can be free of the bondage of payback and revenge. Don't let such bitterness dwell within you and become part of you.
That is not what God wants for you. That is not what God calls you to do with your life. God wants you to be free of such ill feelings. That is not why God saves people. He forgives us and sets us free, even free from wrath.
Wrath Bellongs to God, Not Man
For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God . - James 1:20 (KJV)
It is mine to avenge; I will repay. In due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near and their doom rushes upon them . - Deuteronomy 32:35 (NIV)
Man's wrath does not equal God's wrath. Man's wrath is based on emotions and thoughts, steeped in how he thinks and feels. That's not the way of God. Man tends to focus on what people do or say to them rather than looking at other people as creations of God. That leads to lust, anger, jealousy, envy, strife, and all sorts of behaviors that do not match up with Christianity at all.
Simple Strategies for Christian Conduct
- "My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry" - James 1:19 (NIV)
Christians are to be:
- Swift to hear
- Slow to speak
- Slow to anger
- 1 & 2 Corinthians
Words from the Word of God on Wrath
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.- James 1:19-20
Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools. - Ecclesiastes 7:9
Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. - Psalm 37:8