Heard at Café: 3/14/2017

Before Spring Break, three of our interns spoke at Café about anger and what the Bible says about it. Emily, James, and Michael spoke about some of their experiences with anger and different ways they've dealt with it in the past.
While some people keep anger bottled up, some people lash out, and some people act passive aggressively, we all have to deal with anger at one point or another and we've all had moments where we haven't dealt with it in the most healthy of ways.

We then read from the book of Ephesians to see what the early church thought about anger:
Ephesians 4:25-5:2 NIV
25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.
29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God,with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
1 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Paul, one of the world's first missionaries and the writer of Ephesians, challenges us to get rid of all forms of anger, and goes so far as to say that we should, instead, forgive each other and treat each other with kindness and compassion.
But what happens when our anger is righteous - when the thing we're angry about is worth being angry about? When things happen out of pure bitterness, rage, malice, slander, etc? When things are done with an evil/malicious intent? Well, Paul challenges us to forgive anyways, just as Christ God forgave us.

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