Acting in love rather than in anger – Vicar’s weekly thought

Acting in love rather than in anger This is a hard thing to do, especially in a hard world. But Jesus loved even his enemies with compassion – to the end! And so, with the help of his Holy Spirit so can we. Yes, justice matters, and we long to see good truth prevail at work, in our communities, and even in our own families. But anger for justice is not the same as immediate emotional anger. It is good to seek justice with passion, but to harbour and even seek to nurture our immediate anger, cynicism and bitterness is likely to leave us in a bad place (as Jesus warned us). Standing secure in God’s truth, with a deep peace in His care for us will enable us to stand firm in the face of many things, even when we find ourselves reacting emotionally. The Psalmist wrote in Psalm 4: ‘When I call upon the Lord, he will hear me. Stand in awe, and sin not’ Take time out when you find yourself angry! The same Psalm invites us to be still, offer our sacrifices to the Lord, and put our trust in Him. After all, as the Psalm finishes: ‘In peace I will lie down and sleep, for it is you Lord, only, who make me dwell in safety.’ Then we can set out to love with compassion, without letting go of the truth, and what really does matter. There is a lot of anger around at the moment, but as Christians we are called to reflect our Master Jesus, not just join in others’ angers.