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October 8, 2015 | Daily Devotionals | October 8, 2015

Righteous Indignation

Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and dealing there.  He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. Matthew 21:12

When a young man named Chris who was teaching a bible study in a rehab center in Santa Cruz, California was asked how things were going he told about a released felon who told him (in different words) where he could take this God stuff and shove it. Big mistake, not just because the teacher can bench-press more than three hundred pounds.

Chris paused for a second and then tears mixed with love and righteous anger came flooding out of his mouth as he addressed this guy in front of the class.  “You think I’m some rich, white do-gooder here to tell you how to live?  That I don’t know you?  Tell me something, how’s your program working for you so far?  Why are you here? Where have you just been?  Twenty years ago I was you, sitting in that same chair, thinking and saying the same things.  I’ve seen your movie, and the end isn’t that great. If you didn’t need to be here you wouldn’t be.  So sit down, and shut your mouth, and listen up, or you’ll be out of this program so fast it’ll make your head spin. Don’t tell me I don’t know you, I am you.”

Jesus showed us that emotions under the control of the Holy Spirit are acceptable because Jesus never sinned. Jesus knew that in order to get a donkeys attention sometimes the donkey needs a two by four right between the eyes. As God’s men we need to realize that the emotion of anger, not as a reaction but as a response, is acceptable.  Chris, just as Jesus, was filled with compassion and yet also knew he needed the boldness of his conviction to right a wrong.  God promises His guidance. 

Father, thank you for showing me the difference between right and wrong, and giving me guidance for the right response.

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