Until I experienced the massive emotional healing of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), anger was my intimate companion. It is a characteristic of the male gender, but females experience it, too.
Anger seems to be the character of many in the United States at present because of perceived injustices. But anger is not a positive trait and problems can be solved in ways more peacefully and efficiently by those mature enough to express their concerns adequately.
I did a short study from Scripture and Charles Spurgeon’s Treasury of David to get an idea of God’s view of anger or wrath. The first verse to come to my mind was Psalm 76:10 which I looked up in the Treasury of David.
Psalm 76:10 Surely the wrath of man shall praise you: the remainder of wrath shall you restrain.
The Treasury of David, Psalm 76:10 Exposition “The devil blows the fire and melts the iron, and then the Lord fashions it for his own purposes. Let men and devils rage as they may, they cannot do otherwise than subserve the divine purposes.”
Verse 10. Persecutions tend to exercise our patience, to quicken our devotion, to evidence our zeal and Christian fortitude, and to show to the whole world what love we bear to the truth, and how much we are willing to undergo for the honour of God. Till they have suffered something for it, truth is too apt to grow cheap and be less prized, even by those that are good men in the main; whereas we are apt on the contrary, never to value it at a higher rate, or to be more zealous for it, or to make better use of it, than when it is opposed and persecuted. What more truly beneficial therefore, or tending to the divine glory, than for God, who brings good out of evil, to make use also of the opposers of his truth, to rouse up his servants whom he sees growing more remiss and negligent than they should be, and to suffer such temptations to assault them, by which their drowsy minds may be spurred on into a greater love and zeal for the truth, and a deeper sense of the divine benefit in it, and in general, excited to the more diligent performance of their duty. Richard Pearson. 1684. (edited)
The wrath of wicked men impels them to many violent and forcible attempts upon the people of God to destroy them, and so gives Him occasion to manifest His power in their defense.
It makes them sometimes fit to be His instruments in correcting His people, and so He vindicates Himself from the suspicion of being a patron to sin in them that are nearest to Him, and makes them that hate holiness promote it in His people, and them that intend them the greatest hurt, to do them the greatest good.
It administers occasion to Him for the manifestation of the power of His grace in upholding the spirits of His people and the being of His church in despite of all that enemies can do against them.
It serves very much to adorn God’s most signal undertakings for His people in the world.
It serves to manifest the glory of God’s justice upon His people’s enemies in the day when He rises up to avenge Himself upon them, when He shall stand over them, lashing them with scorpions, and at every blow mind their former cruelties. Here, take that for your inhuman rage against My people at such a place, and that for your barbarous usage of them at such a time. Now see how good it is to be imprisoned, beaten, tortured, burnt, and sawn asunder. Thus the enemies themselves are often constrained to acknowledge with Adoni Bezek the righteous hand of God upon them in the day of inquisition. Condensed from John Warren’s Sermon before Parliament. 1656. (edited)
Copyright Statement: These files are public domain. An electronic edition is available on the Christian Classics Ethereal Library Website. Bibliography Information Spurgeon, Charles H. “Commentary on Psalms 76:10”. “C.H. Spurgeon’s The Treasury of David”.
This nation of cultural Christians has become very comfortable in their prosperity. They love to be at ease and enjoy sports and entertainment. But persecution reminds them that Jesus did not come to earth to bring comfort and prosperity. He came to pay the price for our sins and iniquities – a price we could not pay. A price that cost Him everything He had: His home in Heaven and the infinite love of His Father. God the Father could not look upon His Son hanging on the cross, bearing our sins. That’s why Jesus cried out, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?!”
If persecution will bring us back to our Savior, the King of kings and the Lord of lords, then persecution is necessary. If the loss of freedoms and the difficulty in earning a daily living will bring us back to our senses, then it is far better to suffer want than to lose our ever-living souls!
Where many Christians have become careless and scorn holiness, persecution will motivate them to turn back to their God and repent and clean up their lives to reflect the purity of the One they claim as their Savior.
Proverbs 27:3 A stone is heavy and sand is weighty, But a fool’s wrath is heavier than both of them. 4a Wrath is cruel and anger a torrent,
Proverbs 29:22 An angry man stirs up strife, And a furious man abounds in transgression.
Ecclesiastes 7:9 Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, For anger rests in the bosom of fools.
James 1:20 for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.