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Recently one of my colleagues exhibited righteous indignation over a blatant
injustice. He grew red in the face, his voice quivered and his mouth became
an exit for his untempered thoughts. After he had finished venting and had
an opportunity to restore himself to his usual pleasant demeanor, I stopped in
to talk. Being that he is young enough to be my son I pretended to be
paternal as I shared one of life's hard earned lessons. Anger expressed, even
in behalf of a just cause, rarely brings a correction to the problem.
Even Jesus Himself did not stop the corruption in the sanctuary by chasing
out the crooked moneychangers and thieving animal sellers. The next day
they were back to business as usual. What Jesus did accomplish was a
deepened resolution to get rid of Him, a reaction I don't think my young
colleague desired for himself.
How very interesting that Jesus would allow Himself to be so provoked
when His very own scriptures say, "A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a
harsh word stirs up anger." Proverbs 15:1. We must acknowledge that
getting angry indeed makes us feel better, at least temporarily. However, in
the long run it is the thoughtful application of a solution that counts. That's
the hard part; coming up with a solution. Fortunately there is a promise
about that. James 1:5 "If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who
gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him."
Jesus did find a solution. We call it Calvary.
Roger Bothwell and my address is email@example.com
or 151 Old Farm Rd. Leominster, MA 01453. Thank you for your
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