A wise person taught us “Hurting people hurt others” and in this world -certainly the world of instant and global communication at the click of a mouse or the feed one sends via video from one’s phone, there seems to be a great deal of hurt indeed.
Venting is healthy until it’s not. Throwing up bile and blood in public is sometimes simply a self-serving exercise in rage. Productive and life-changing, life-GIVING? Sometimes I think it is. Sometimes it isn’t. It’s better than suicide or self-loathing. Sometimes it promotes others-loathing. I’m so glad God doesn’t hate people like we sometimes do!!
Mean vs. mean equals everyone’s mad as H. and simply spewing more anger.
I’ve done it, most of us have, but if unchecked, at what personal cost?
How did Paul understand all this, and do you think he may have had the sort of temperament to have dealt with it himself?
He wrote to the believers in Ephesus: “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.” -Eph. 4.31
Of course you might expect Peter got a little bit intense at times also? How would he know anything about it?
1 Peter 2.1-3: 1 “Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, 2 like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, 3 if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.”
The “pure milk of the word” refers to scripture -in which Jesus commands us to love our enemies, to forgive one another, to pray for one another.
In that grace means UNmerited favor, my heart attitude toward people who have wronged me and those I love must be considered and when necessary, surrendered to the Lord.
“Let ALL you do be done in love: Paul advises those Christ-followers in Corinth. (1 Cor. 16.14).
What I am not saying is that we can never rightly be angry, advocate for change, support the victim, work and indeed speak/write/demonstrate/vote for justice! Rather: “Be angry but sin not.”
There is a time to vent, a person or two to vent to and with… and then there is a time to repent, indeed times and ways to bring positive change, to encourage it for and/or in others’ lives. There IS a time to protest and do so LOUDLY… but sometimes I think we are only scorching ourselves and those around us by spewing a similar disease our enemies (past and present?) have. Sin is like that. Adding more sin to sin isn’t a cure for us or those we love -and in fact can land us in the very same heart-space as those we oppose.
Things to consider perhaps?
As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn