Behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Luke 2:10
The anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. James 1:20
A harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. James 3:18
Flee youthful passions. 2 Timothy 2:22
The “youthful passions” in this context are not sexual. Paul has in mind the passion for controversy, that feeling inside that relishes a fight and loves to be proved right and even prophetic. Instead, “The Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, . . . patiently enduring evil” (2 Timothy 2:24). But there is something about us, especially in our youthful immaturity, that lusts to raise protests and set the world right and make sure everyone cares as passionately as I do, because I’m on the side of the right, I’m the defender of the downtrodden, I get it more than others do, etc.
In this world of blatant, horrible wrongs, it is not hard to get angry. It is hard not to get angry. But “the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” It just doesn’t. Because it can’t. No matter how right the cause is, the anger of man only makes things worse. Sometimes the youthful don’t see how clever evil is, how easy it is for us to add to evil while intending good, how hard it is for us to be angry and not sin and complicate things further. Exposing and confronting wrongs — real wrongs with real victims — is good, but not simple. Not for us. What is simple is creating more victims by rushing to judgment with guns ablazing and a golden heart pursuing a noble cause.Read the rest.
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