The LORD was very angry with your fathers. —Zechariah 1:2

            People typically want to think of the love of God and rightly so.  He is a loving God.  But… He is also a God who can be angry.  This is not a sinful anger like man exhibits so often in perversion.  God’s anger is a righteous anger— angry over the right things at the right time for the right reason.  His anger is against sin and sinful activity.

            In Contrast, man’s anger is usually self-centered and not against that which is sinful.  Are there things that should make us angry?  Yes, there are and yet we are not to be angry in a sinful way.  We are not to take vengeance ourselves in anger by sinful words, deeds or reactions.  Our anger, when it is indeed righteous anger and not sinful anger, should stir us on to take right actions or to speak rightly in the situation.  Hmmmm… it would be nice to carry that out perfectly each time, but we should strive to do so.

            We should get angry over injustices, abortion, sex-trafficking, drug proliferation, corruption at all levels, economic manipulation, lawlessness, health care decline, sexual perversions offending God’s design, lost people enslaved by Satan, the church not reaching the lost or making disciples or not being lovingly obedient to God’s desires…  That anger should lead us to righteous action and not to sinful reactions.  So, what are you righteously angry about and what righteous action will you take?

            God’s righteous anger against sin and those who love their sin more than Him will experience His righteous anger.  Sin and all those who did not come to him to be cleansed from sin through the substitutionary death of Jesus on the cross and His experiencing God’s wrath on sin for us, will suffer God’s wrath on sin themselves— separated from Him in hell forever. 

            But God’s desire is that none would perish (John 3:16; II Peter 3:9).  He already did the work for all to be saved, all who will call in Him (Romans 10:13).  But… there are, unfortunately, those who hate God and want nothing to do with Him.  It is their choice… but they will suffer the consequences.

            Brother and sister, fellow follower of Jesus, let us rejoice that we will never experience the anger of God in judgment.  Jesus already took God’s wrath on Himself for us (I John 2:2).  But let warn people.  God does love us and wants people to know His love and lovingly follow Him.  This is the good news and how can we keep that to ourselves?  Dear Father, please help me to share with many, many people the good news of Christmas/Easter and beyond.  May this be so by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son Jesus.  Oh yes, may this be so! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_gBpvihKcQ

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