{anger}: a few excerpts from Morning & Evening

Here are a few excerpts from Charles Spurgeon’s Morning & Evening devotions, mingled with a few thoughts and verses that came to mind while I was reading this…May you be sharpened, challenged and blessed as I was…

“God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry?” – Jonah 4:9

Anger is not always or necessarily sinful, but it has such a tendency to run wild that whenever it displays itself, we should be quick to question its character, with this enquiry, “Doest thou well to be angry?”…Very frequently anger is the madman’s firebrand, but sometimes it is Elijah’s fire from heaven. We do well when we are angry with sin, because of the wrong which it commits against our good and gracious God (eg: Jesus overturning tables in the temple)…He who is not angry at transgression becomes a partaker in it. Sin is a loathsome and hateful thing, and no renewed heart can patiently endure it. God himself is angry with the wicked every day, and it is written in His Word, “Ye that love the Lord, hate evil.”

Far more frequently it is to be feared that our anger is not commendable or even justifiable…Why should we be fretful with children, passionate with servants, and wrathful with companions? Is such anger…glorifying to God (“Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret – it only causes harm.” Psalm 37:8)? Is it not the old evil heart seeking to gain dominion and should we not resist it with all the might of our newborn nature? Many..give way to temper as though it were useless to attempt resistance; but let the believer remember that he must be a CONQUEROR in every point…

We must not make natural infirmity an excuse for sin, but we must fly to the cross and pray the Lord to crucify our tempers, and renew us in gentleness and meekness after His own image.

“Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.” Proverbs 16:32


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