February 20–Love is…–part 6–Love is NOT Easily Angered

God’s love flows powerfully with peace, grace and tenderness. 

It is also true that in God’s perfect and holy love, God does get angry. Angry at our evil. Angry at our prejudice. Angry at our pride. Angry at our meaness and cruelty towards others. Angry at our lies. Angry at our greed. Angry at our selfishness. Angry at our sins.

But in His love, God is never short-tempered, cranky or mean-spirited. God’s anger is never based on changing seasons or circumstances or moods. God never changes. And so God’s anger–against all our sin–is based, as it always has been, on God’s truth, righteousness and love for us .

Love is not easily angered   I Corinthians 13:5

Personal Reflections from Sylane:                                                                           Love is not easily angered.

God’s greatest love desire is for each one of us to be more like Jesus–in  our character, thinking, speaking and behavior. And that includes in our reactions to anything–or anyone–that could make us angry. To be like Jesus, we have to do it LOVE’s way:

Love is not easily angered.

God doesn’t snap at us. God doen’t snap under pressure. God doesn’t respond defensively. God’s anger is never based on feeling hurt or ignored, frustrated or tired, busy or annoyed, frail or frazzled, sick or moody.

Confession: Anger is one of my (many) areas–in my frail, flawed and finite state–that God has to work on constantly. Yep, I can get pretty darn ticked off.

Most people don’t know that about me. Well, until now.

God must continually redirect my (often-too-self-focused) perspective so that I may respond more slowy, more maturely, more lovingly. Which, of course, is a lot more like Jesus than smacking somebody upside their fool-head!

Love is not easily angered.

Most of the time when I feel the anger stirring up in me, I’m able to keep it, seemingly under control, as an inside-my-head-storm. (Remember, I said most of the time, not all.) However, my anger is still real, and the stuff screaming around in my head can be very ugly and nasty. Even if no one else, or at least not too many people, ever see it or hear it.

Love is not easily angered.

 By God’s love and grace, I have learned to invite God right into my anger. Right into its ferocity. Right into its nastiness. And God is not afraid to come in!

By inviting God into my anger, He lovingly leads drags me into the eye of my own storm. Into the calmer place of thought and focus.

By inviting God into my anger, I am letting Him know that, “I want to do things YOUR way, God! But I need YOUR help!  So YOU better get in here, God! Take control of my head! Take control of my thoughts! AAARRRGGGHHH! Take control of my mouth! Help me be more like Jesus!”

That really is pretty much the script of my dialogue (okay, monologue at that point) with God. But…

Love is not easily angered.

…and  by inviting God into my anger–to take control of my responses, I can get over myself much more quickly. I can view the people with whom I am angry with (what I call) “mercy-eyes.” 

I am not just looking at myself and all the reasons I have to be angry. The “mercy-eyes” that God gives me–are able to see more fully and clearly. “Mercy-eyes” see with love and compassion. “Mercy-eyes” view and understand the  people and the circumstances from a truer, more eternal perspective.

Love is not easily angered.

God wants to be intimate with us. So, invite Him in–right into the midst of your storms–to do His deep, transforming work.

God has taught me that I ALWAYS have a choice in how I respond. So do you. Always. And God will ALWAYS work to transform His children to be more and more like Jesus. That is the way of God’s love. 

Love is not easily angered.

In love, peace and purposeful passion,                                                               Sylane