- Recommended reading: Unoffendable by Brant Hansen
- You can choose to live unoffendable
- Unoffendable involves letting go of being entitled to anger, (Ephesians 4:31-32)
- Offenses are a fact of life
- Offenses are powerful.(ieThe Bait of Satan – John Bevere)
- When you are unoffendable – you are free!
To live unoffendable does not mean we ignore the offense. Instead we choose to love others, even when and especially when we’ve been wronged.
Righteous Indignation (Mark 6:1-3)
Are there times when it’s OK to get angry?
Didn’t Jesus get angry?
- There is a difference between anger and action
|Too often the world looks at Christians as self-righteous hypocrites patting themselves on the back for being angry while actually doing very little, if anything to set things right. – BHansen|
- The problem is not righteous indignation. It’s self-righteous human anger.
Self Righteous: filled with or showing a conviction of being morally superior, or more righteous than others; smugly virtuous
- Righteous indignation: anger about those things that are destroying the lives of people that God loves.
The difference between righteous anger and human anger
- We can know for sure that our anger is righteous when it is directed toward what angers God himself.
- Jesus’ anger was never expressed as an emotional outrage.Instead it always resulted in action for the benefit of others.
- In the Gospels, and throughout the NT, there is no record of Jesus getting angry because of what people did to him.
- The anger of Jesus was not to protect himself; his image or to protect his rights.
- The Gospel is not about self-protection, but about self-forgetfulness. (Php 2:3-8)
A self-righteous checklist
- Examine your motives.
Why am I angry? Am I angry about something that angers God? If not…you may be self-righteous
- Examine your emotions. Do you feel better than or superior to the person who offended you? If so…you may be self-righteous.
- Examine the effects. What affect is the offense having on my life? What affect is it having on the person who offended me?
I believe righteous indignation has its place.However, the majority of the time what we call “righteous indignation” is anything but…it’s more like self-righteous arrogance and pride.
* righteous indignation: strong feelings of anger when you think a situation is not morally right or fair