“And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying,
‘Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
for he has visited and redeemed his people,
and has raised up a horn of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David,
as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
that we should be saved from our enemies,
and from the hand of all who hate us;
to perform the mercy promised to our fathers,
and to remember his holy covenant,
the oath which he swore to our father Abraham,
to grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
might serve him without fear,
in holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life.
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
to give know...
“O Lord, rebuke me not in Your anger, nor chasten me in Your wrath. Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am weak.” (Ps 6: 1-2, Septuagint-translation)
I get most angry about/with those people and those things that I most love. “Hell hath no fury,” as it’s said, as do I, when disappointed with a something or someone that I love very much. But when I remember this, that my outburst of anger is just a twisted expression of my love, (especially when my love feels powerless), I can “harness” it or reign it in, by God’s grace, into an outburst of proper love. And I need to do that, because my anger, if I remain in it, is always unproductive, or a descent into unproductiveness, while true love is always creative and life-bringing. “For the anger of a man does not produce...
“Therefore, putting away lying, ‘Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,’ for we are members of one another. ‘Be angry, and do not sin’: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.” (Eph 4: 25-27)
“Be angry, and do not sin,” says the Apostle, on the one hand, (quoting the Septuagint-version of Ps 4: 5). But then he tells us to keep this anger short, and “not let the sun go down on” our “wrath.” So, anger, which is not the same thing as hostility, is something we can engage productively, albeit briefly. Why, and how?
Anger is not a sin per se, but rather a God-given “spark,” attributed also to the Lord (e.g., Mk 3: 5). It is not to be abused to ignite (self-) destructive hostility, say, in the direct forms of an a...