Week 3 - Indignation // Day 2
Luke 17 1One day Jesus said to his disciples, “There will always be temptations to sin, but what sorrow awaits the person who does the tempting! 2 It would be better to be thrown into the sea with a millstone hung around your neck than to cause one of these little ones to fall into sin.
Luke 20 45 Then, with the crowds listening, he turned to his disciples and said, 46 “Beware of these teachers of religious law! For they like to parade around in flowing robes and love to receive respectful greetings as they walk in the marketplaces. And how they love the seats of honor in the synagogues and the head table at banquets. 47 Yet they shamelessly cheat widows out of their property and then pretend to be pious by making long prayers in public. Because of this, they will be severely punished.”
Why are we so often ashamed of our outbursts of anger? would the Master ever have to regret his indignation over little children wronged or widows robbed by oily hypocrites? One of Frederick W Robertson’s friends said: “I have seen him grind his teeth and clench his fists when passing a man who he knew was bent on destroying an innocent girl.” Will such an anger ever call for remorse? Is not our anger generally personal resentment because of some private wrong! Is not that the reason why we are so often ashamed of our outbursts? Our wrath is altogether selfish,. Consider then that the Master never spoke a word of anger when they brutally mistreated him; his indignation was aroused only over the abuse of others. What does Paul mean by, “In your anger do not sin”?