The inspired New Testament says: “So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:19-20 NKJV). From “road-rage” to “suicide bombers,” human wrath cannot be justified as “righteousness of God.” “Scoffers set a city aflame, But wise men turn away wrath. (Proverbs 29:8 NKJV). “Community organizers,” “race-baiters,” and riotous demonstrators are “scoffers” (or doubters) of what the Bible says, who stir up violent reactions to social problems. Solomon had said: “He who is slow to wrath has great understanding, But he who is impulsive exalts folly” (Proverbs 14:29 NKJV). “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful” (Colossians 3:15 NKJV).
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.
Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.
Proverbs 27:4: “Wrath is cruel and anger a torrent, But who is able to stand before jealousy?”
These are emotions that can get out of control, and therefore are dangerous for humans. “Anger, wrath, malice” are forbidden to Christians. “Anger” is irritation boiling up; “wrath” is anger carried over the next day(s); “malice” is the intent to harm the one who has provoked the anger (Colossians 3:8). We can get “angry” but must not lose control and “sin” (Ephesians 4:26); “the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:20); “jealousy” is wounded trust which may never be recovered, and is understandable in a husband whose wife commits adultery (Proverbs 6:32-35).
God is a “jealous God” (Exodus 20:4-6; Deuteronomy 6:14-19), because He expects those who agree to His covenant to be faithful in keeping their part of it. God is never out of control, but His “wrath” is against all who “do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:9-10; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).
These are emotions in humans we should strive never to provoke, and “A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1). Followers of Jesus Christ know He said: “Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9). These are “emotions” of God that are avoided by our obedience to Him. “And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned’” (Mark 16:15-16). Why cross a flooding water of emotions, now or forever?
All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.
Just a quick thought. After two or three years of drought, we are experiencing rain in this part of Texas. Thank you, Lord! We know that you are the source of every good and perfect gift, and the rain is truly that.
But I am thinking…How can we truly appreciate the goodness and mercy of God if we never know of His justice and wrath? I am in no way opposed to sermons that teach us about God’ love and patience; we need those sermons. But if we, like Paul, are to teach the “whole”, do we not need to occasionally mention to the congregation WHY we need that goodness, patience, and grace>
I preached a sermon on the wrath of God and later heard that some asked, “what’s wrong with the preacher, is he mad or something?” I realized then: if those who are Christians are so untaught and unconvinced of God’s punishing hand against the sin and the wickedness of unbelievers, what of those who are not trying to please Him? I assure I am not mad or something. But I am concerned and troubled. So many are advancing, marching as an army, blind and unknowing, deceived and deluded; tramping, forging ahead, some even strutting, ever closer to the precipice, edging toward the abyss, onward to their own destruction. Is there a God in heaven? If there is a God in heaven, His patience will not endure forever. There is a God in heaven and He has promised that a Day of Judgment will come. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess
This is Just-A-Minute. Where do you suppose this Biblical statement comes from? “Our God is a consuming fire”. Ten out of nine folks you meet on the street would say the Old Testament, since that is where God is a God of wrath. But the fact is the OT God and NT God is the same God and this statement comes from the book of Hebrews in the NT. I truly believe that we preachers have done so effective a job concentrating on the love of God that the average Joe fails to realize that God is still angry with sin and has promised to punish eternally those who reject His Son, Jesus Christ. If God somehow broke His promise, He would be guilty of lying and God cannot lie. So take no comfort in the delusion that God is no longer angry with sin. Judgment may be delayed, but judgment is certain and will visit us suddenly. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess
We are working our way through the New Testament book by book. Presently, we are studying Romans. Today we started and finished chapter 7. A whole chapter in one class session doesn’t happen very often, but it was a short chapter.
So far in Romans we have discussed freedom from wrath, sin, the law and will next delve into freedom from death. We struggle to understand these big concepts, but it is worth the effort.
What a great God we serve! He has taken our punishment. He has destroyed the power of sin and law to dominate our every thought and strangle our service to him. He has set us free to fully dedicate our lives to Him now and throughout eternity!