Wednesday, 2/25

Today's Reading: Matthew 5:21-26
Today's Meditation: by Eugene Peterson

Make the first move; make things right with him. (The Message)

Anger is a legitimate emotion. It isn’t a sin any more than laughter is. We need to think through the legitimacy of anger, for we’re prone to think condemningly of it. Paul, for example, tells us to be angry but to be careful and not let our anger get away from us and cause us to sin (Ephesians 4:26). Further evidence of its legitimacy is that it is ascribed to God. The wrath of God and the anger of God are common biblical phrases.

All the same, anger is a dangerous emotion. It can easily consume us, and in consuming us, lead to our condemnation. “I’m telling you,” Jesus said, “that anyone who is so much as angry with a brother or sister is guilty of murder” (Matthew 5:21)

Most anger, in other words, ends up being sinful. It’s sinful not because of the emotion itself is wrong but because the thing we want is wrong or we’re angry with the wrong person or the wrong way or for too long a time. Unlike the divine wrath, which burns with a clean flame, human anger generates a toxic and suffocating smoke.

Is there someone you need to make the first move with to make things right? Don’t wait, do it now.