Throwing Off Anger and Donning Kindness

24 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 2 Timothy 2:24

More than 25 years ago, Dr. Joseph Stowell, then President of Moody Bible Institute in a chapel service said, “For some reason Evangelical Christians are an angry people.” His observation was true at the time and seems almost prophetic now. He’s right. We are angry, and much of it is related to politics. Jesus did teach there was a time to be angry, but it’s not all the time or whenever a politician says something we don’t agree with.

When we’re angry we cease being kind. The anger manifests itself in unusual ways, and then we become miserable.

We probably should do an audit on the things that make us angry. Are we justified in being angry? Should we just “let go” of some of the more trivial things that anger us? We, of course, need the Holy Spirit to help us with this. If we are to shun our anger and put on kindness, then we may need supernatural help. We can’t do it on our own, especially if we have a history of anger.

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