This Week in Youth:
January 17th- UMYF, 6-7:00pm January 20th- Dayspring, 6:30-7:30pm
We are currently in the midst of a three week study called Moods. Emotions are a lot, not just for youth but anyone. One thing I want to make clear (out of many things) is that emotions are not a bad thing. Beyond that, no emotion is inherently bad. God designed us with our emotions for a reason. They help us enjoy life, they help us process, they help keep us safe, and they can be a great equalizer. We all feel things. God’s emotions are all over the pages of the Old Testament, and Jesus’ are contained in the Gospels. Emotions that are handled in a healthy way are great things.
However, one of the hardest emotions to prove this point with is anger because anger can lead to really dangerous situations. Anger can be hard to control, and it feels like once anger starts it just breeds more anger. You make me angry, and now all sudden you’re angry right back. We can watch anger motivate meltdowns on the news and be completely perplexed by how someone can go to that length of hatred out of anger motivated by not getting their way. However, we do it in our own lives. We don’t get our way, and we begin tearing down relationships and leaving brokenness behind.
On the other hand though, anger can be a really great thing. Anger can make us more confident, it can help us draw our boundaries. Anger can lead to activism. Anger can fight against injustice. It is all about how we handle our anger.
“Know this, my dear brothers and sisters: everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to grow angry.” - James 1:19
Anger can be a sign of love. A sign of projection. In the Old Testament, where we more often see God as angry, it is coming from a place of love. It is coming from a place of hating evil and loving what is good.
Let our anger be slow, let it come from a place of love, and let it lead to good in the pursuit of goodness. Let our anger not destroy what God has deemed sacred, and let it not be a weapon.