Grapes of Wrath
Why is it that when you show a non believer that you don’t agree with their lifestyle that they have to try to bring you down by using your faith against you? No matter the circumstances, if you get angry or upset with a non believer you get things like “Some Christian you are” “You are not being very Christian like” “A Christian should not act like that”. What? Do they think, that because I am a Christian, I loose my right to have emotions or to be angry or upset. Here in Jeremiah it talks about how God himself got angry. He was trying to warn the people and they would not listen.
Jeremiah 6:10 To whom can I speak and give warning? Who will listen to me? Their ears are closed so they cannot hear. The word of the Lord is offensive to them; they find no pleasure in it. 11 But I am full of the wrath of the Lord, and I cannot hold it in.
In Matthew 21:12-13 Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. 13 “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a den of robbers.”
Jesus could not hold in his anger anymore so I don’t believe he would expect us to. Although we are human, he did create us in his on imagine. So therefore, when we do get angry it is important not to let it cause us to sin. We can’t leave room for the devil to use our anger against us. We can express our feelings of disappointment or rejection without it causing us to sin. When it comes to certain people this is something, I myself have yet to mastered is Proverbs 15:1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. God is still working on me in this area. I have learned that when I get angry that I walk away and try to find a quiet place as soon as I can to read my bible and pray. We are not always in a situation where we can walk away right then and there. God is still working on me and he can work on you to.
Psalm 103: 8-9 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and plenteous in mercy and loving-kindness. He will not always chide or be contending, neither will He keep His anger forever or hold a grudge.
Romans 1: 18 For God’s holy wrath and indignation are revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who in their wickedness repress and hinder the truth and make it inoperative.
Our Lord is a loving God and he is full of mercy but he is a jealous God and when we deliberately defy him, he does get angry. It is up to us to come back to him and repent. Continuous disobedience will cause him to show his wrath.
Jeremiah 7: 1-15 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2 “Stand at the gate of the Lord’s house and there proclaim this message:
“‘Hear the word of the Lord, all you people of Judah who come through these gates to worship the Lord. 3 This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Reform your ways and your actions, and I will let you live in this place. 4 Do not trust in deceptive words and say, “This is the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord!” 5 If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly, 6 if you do not oppress the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not follow other gods to your own harm, 7 then I will let you live in this place, in the land I gave your ancestors for ever and ever. 8 But look, you are trusting in deceptive words that are worthless.
9 “‘Will you steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury, burn incense to Baal and follow other gods you have not known, 10 and then come and stand before me in this house, which bears my Name, and say, “We are safe”—safe to do all these detestable things? 11 Has this house, which bears my Name, become a den of robbers to you? But I have been watching! declares the Lord.
12 “‘Go now to the place in Shiloh where I first made a dwelling for my Name, and see what I did to it because of the wickedness of my people Israel. 13 While you were doing all these things, declares the Lord, I spoke to you again and again, but you did not listen; I called you, but you did not answer. 14 Therefore, what I did to Shiloh I will now do to the house that bears my Name, the temple you trust in, the place I gave to you and your ancestors. 15 I will thrust you from my presence, just as I did all your fellow Israelites, the people of Ephraim.’
Even God put his foot down and stood his ground when his “so called people” used him. Reading this word tonight, told me that it is ok to be angry and sometimes you have to step away and love them from afar. It is ok! Let God give the final judgment, even though God sends out messengers to warn his people, they will not listen but they will still have to deal with his wrath, not wrath from my hands or my mouth but from God. God will deal with them.
Ephesians 4 :20 But that is not what you learned from Christ’s teachings. 21 You have certainly heard his message and have been taught his ways. The truth is in Jesus. 22 You were taught to change the way you were living. The person you used to be will ruin you through desires that deceive you. 23 However, you were taught to have a new attitude. 24 You were also taught to become a new person created to be like God, with a life that truly has God’s approval and is holy. 25 So then, get rid of lies. Speak the truth to each other, because we are all members of the same body. 26 Be angry without sinning. Don’t go to bed angry. 27 Don’t give the devil any opportunity to work. 28 Thieves must quit stealing and, instead, they must work hard. They should do something good with their hands so that they’ll have something to share with those in need. 29 Don’t say anything that would hurt another person. Instead, speak only what is good so that you can give help wherever it is needed. That way, what you say will help those who hear you. 30 Don’t give God’s Holy Spirit any reason to be upset with you. He has put his seal on you for the day you will be set free from the world of sin. 31 Get rid of your bitterness, hot tempers, anger, loud quarreling, cursing, and hatred. 32 Be kind to each other, sympathetic, forgiving each other as God has forgiven you through Christ.
Romans 12:19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.
May God Bless each & everyone that receives this message.
“The people in flight from the terror behind-strange things happen to them, some bitterly cruel and some so beautiful that the faith is refired forever.” ― John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath