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Grace and Anger

September 1, 2015

The topics of grace and anger are difficult to bring together. Even more so when we consider the emotions of God.

Our natural tendency is to transform God into a human. When we consider him as our Father, the reflection of our earthly parents influence our perspective.

How do we consider the anger of God and reconcile it with his grace without turning God into a human?

We use terms like “righteous anger” in an attempt to express it.

  • Jesus walked in this godly emotion while upsetting the tables in the temple.
  • “Be angry but do not sin.” (Ephesians 4:26)
  • Psalms 7 says God has “indignation every day” (Vs 11)

I have a number of situations right now where my prevailing emotion is anger. I’ve heard all the warnings through the years against this emotion.

  • Stay away from bitterness.

Is God a God of Justice or Grace?

We often wrestle with these two seemingly opposite traits within our Father. Different Scriptures seem to show each perspective. Sometimes we feel like we are reading about two different gods who are at war. We usually end up choosing one at the expense of another.

  • If there are no consequences (justice), than it is sloppy agape.
  • How could a loving God send someone to Hell?
  • How can God be good with so much suffering in the world?
  • If you show people grace, they will sin more!

Books have been written.
Theological viewpoints formed.
The battle line have been drawn.
As they fight, which attribute will win?

This is necessary if God is like us.

We cannot be just and merciful at the same time. We choose one or the other.

When we see the ordinary events of our lives begin to intersect with things we are reading and studying, it usually means God is trying to get our attention.

I posted on Friday about “Losing the Plot” in our lives and ministries. Literally hours later, I found myself reading a portion from The Executive and the Elephant: A Leader’s Guide for Building Inner Excellence by Richard L. Daft that added another stream to my contemplation.

While not a Christian oriented book, the leadership principles of the inner life affect how we view events and circumstances.

Daft says, “Our perceptions are based more on our needs and biases than on external events or reality…most distortions are in our favor

In light of this, he lists Six Mental Mistakes Leaders Make. Here they are: