There seems to be much more hatred in the world today. It seems many people do not have any tolerance for those who disagree with them and are willing to make that anger manifested by denouncing others.
Members of the Lord’s church rail against those they suppose are their enemies. Is this consistent with the will of God?
Jesus said, “love your enemies,” (Luke 6:27, 35). Jesus said, “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful,” (Luke 6:36). That doesn’t sound like anger to me.
Paul told his brothers and sisters in Corinth and in Ephesus that our fight is not against people in this word, but “against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places,” (Ephesians 6:12). Therefore, the weapons of our warfare are not fists, guns, or anything like those.
Our task in the world is a spiritual one. We are against spiritual enemies. We fight with spiritual weapons like the word of God.
Sometimes my brothers and sisters in Christ sound like they are so angry they want to take a gun and shoot the people with whom they differ. That’s not the way Jesus wanted his followers to act.
Yes, there are some really terrible people in this world, but they need us to teach them the truth and save them, not haul off and shoot them.
Perhaps we need to transform all of that anger into a willingness to save others. Our warfare, our weapons are different. Yes, I believe I remember reading about a time when the Lord Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane and healed the ear of the High Priest’s soldier cut off by Peter. What did Jesus say? Oh yes. “Put your sword into the sheath,” (John 18:11).
Let’s put the anger away and serve God (Colossians 3:8).