We do the same things to others, that extremely irritate us. When have you been irritated by someone? When have you taken offense against another? When was the last time you became angry in a particular situation? All too often would be my honest answer. The trouble is that I don’t always know how to assuage the emotion and judgmental thoughts that arise in these situations. Scripture says, “You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance? But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. God “will repay each person according to what they have done.” To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.” (Romans 2:1-7)
I think there is great virtue in enduring acts of injustice, selfishness, and wrong, when we surrender it to God’s providence. The answer to anger which builds with emotion feeding upon judgment is forgiveness, releasing the sentence we assign, even justly, for the wrong or hurtful acts toward us. This is contrary to our fallen human nature, but it is what Yeshua taught and demonstrated perfectly. There is a righteous anger that can arise, but it should not control us and scripture says to let it go before the sun goes down. (Eph. 4: 26)
We must trust God in every situation, knowing that He sees and cares, even though our perspective of the circumstances suggests otherwise. Our objective should not be to fend for ourselves seeking to construct a nest where we are safe from the troubles of this fallen world, such a nest would be a cage. We can’t make ourselves holy and good, but we can seek God and His righteousness, by the strength and leading of the Holy Spirit within. Scripture advises, “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:30-32) I want more of God’s presence and Holy Spirit leading, these are essential, but we live in a world corrupted with evil, of which we are part. God is in the process of redeeming it and us, we have exactly one lifetime in which to participate with Him.