Angry, Yes. Sinning, No.

Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Selah
Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the Lord. (Psalm 4:4-5 ESV)

We are not called to a state of pulse-less passivity, no longer in possession of a backbone, lying down as our neighbor’s doormat. We live as people, redeemed people, but humans nonetheless. We feel the entire spectrum of God-created emotions: sorrow and happiness, peace and discontent, love and disdain, fear, anger, and even more. David knew this, and we have numerous Psalms to prove it.

A man who lived well after David penned this fourth Psalm and felt these many emotions. Nehemiah, after dedicating the rebuilt wall of Jerusalem and completing an almost insurmountable task, left the city on business with King Artaxerxes. Upon his return, he found the

 

leadership had forsaken the Lord and was permitting unbelievers to live “in the courts of the house of God” (Nehemiah 13:7). Nehemiah’s response: “I was very angry” (Nehemiah 13:8). He even went on to threaten that if these people continued sinning he would “lay hands” on them (Nehemiah 13:21), and not in prayer! There is then a righteous anger that should exist in the heart of the redeemed. As with Jesus’ anger toward the money changers (John 2:15), and Paul’s anger toward false teachers (Galatians 5:12).

Anger is a right response to evil and injustice. There is a fine line, however, between anger and hatred; deep seated resentment leads to hatred and goes well beyond anger. So “be angry, and do not sin,” remembering that “the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:20).

Examine the things in your life that bring you anger and test them against scripture. Are they rooted in hatred or a righteous heart?
 
*taken from http://shortdailydevotions.com/psalm-44-5-angry-yes-sinning-no/


A Ransom for Many This Easter

MARK 10:45 – A RANSOM FOR MANY THIS EASTER

 

For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45 ESV)

 
Most relationships are based upon the notion of “give and take”. For example, Jeff holds value to Pete, because Jeff knows everything there is to know about electronics. So, when Pete calls Jeff to ask him about which home theater system to buy, he also feels guilty about only calling to get information from him, so he asks him to coffee as an afterthought. While this isn’t necessarily bad, it can exemplify the shallowness of many of our friendships.
Let’s take it a step further:

 

Do you have that friend who always wants something from you, but never gives back anything in return? Maybe you’re their “go-to” when they have yet another problem or need a favor? Most likely you can picture that person now. It’s always something, and it’s always about them; you are their faithful product and they your constant customer.

But what if there was someone who gave everything for you without expecting anything in return? Someone who didn’t take advantage of you but loved you? Jesus has done just that. He came into this world fully knowing that there was nothing He could get from us that He couldn’t get better from Himself, but He still gave His life “as a ransom for many”. Jesus didn’t come to this earth in order to exploit us, but to serve us.

Approach Jesus in gratitude knowing that He isn’t like our fallen friends. He never came to take, but to give this Easter.
 
*taken from short daily devotions @ http://shortdailydevotions.com/mark-1045-a-ransom-for-many/#more-2630