मई 28, 2012

Note on ‘Anger’

Filed under: God, Jesus, Spirit, life — the3rdone @ 11:16 पूर्वाह्न

In Mark 3:5 – “Jesus looked round about on the Pharisees with anger, being grieved at the hardening of their hearts..”

Sometimes we think we are to get rid of all anger, but, here Jesus the son of God, had anger, towards the Pharisees. I found out reading K. Wuest’s Word Studies in the Greek New Testament something about anger that I would like to share.

He writes, “There are three words speaking of anger, thumos, indicating a sudden outburst of anger that cools off quickly; orge, defining an abiding and settled habit of mind, not operative at all times, but exhibiting itself in the same way when the occasion demands it, and parorgismos which speaks of anger in the sense of exasperation. The latter is forbidden in Scripture, “Let not the sun go down on your wrath” (Eph. 4:26); the second, orge is permitted, but the qualification is that no sinful element be included in it. Mark uses the word orge. Under certain circumstances orge is a righteous passion to entertain. The Scripture has nothing in common with the Stoic’s absolute condemnation of anger. It inculcates no apathetic attitude of no feeling whatever towards a thing, but only a moderation, not an absolute suppression, of the passions, which were given to a man as winds fill the sails of his soul. Aristotle affirms that, when guided by reason, anger is a right affection, so the Scripture permits, and not only permits, but on fit occasions demands it. There is a wrath of God (Matt. 3:7); a wrath of the merciful son (Mark 3:5); and a wrath which righteous men not merely may, but, as they are righteous, must feel; nor can there be a surer and sadder token of an utterly prostrate moral condition than not being able to be angry with sin – and sinners. “Anger” says Fuller, “is one of the sinews of the soul”; he that wants it hath a maimed mind, and with Jacob sinew-shrunk in the hollow of his thigh, must needs halt. Anger against wrong as wrong, is a sign of moral health.


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  1. Even anger if used properly has its place.

    टिप्पणी द्वारा Dsouza — सितम्बर 17, 2012 @ 1:12 अपराह्न | प्रतिक्रिया

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