Sunday, March 7, 2010

Good Anger

Just a quick sequel - anger is properly directed against sin and evil, not against the people who do the sinning.  Through the gift of repentance and forgiveness any sinner can be made new.  So, the old phrase, "love the sinner but hate the sin" is correct.  We do not need to cover up anger but redirect it toward the sinful thoughts, words and actions while still caring about the people who do those things.  We human beings get confused on that.  We get angry at others or even at ourselves.  The only way out is the cross, where we learn what God does with sin--punishing it ruthlessly in his own body, in the body of Jesus, sacrificed for sinners like me and you.  Amazing love, how can it be, that you, my God would die for me.  Properly, the anger belongs to God.

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