Righteous Anger

Could you tell me about anger that God calls, “righteous anger,” and the kind that James speaks about?

Yes! I have a wonderful story to illustrate the difference between the two.

First of all, that scripture in James is, 1:20 “For the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.”

Many years ago I had been around a very angry person. God’s Word in Proverbs says that if you are around an angry person you will become angry, or like that person. I was around that person a lot during that time of my life.

Pretty soon, during a bad situation, I could literally ‘feel’ anger rise up from the gut all the way up to my face! That was the ‘spirit of anger’. It actually flared within me.

It had a strong control over me, although I had a choice as a Christian to let it go as far as I wanted to. This was so foreign to me. I was shocked that it could happen in me, but it had! I had let it.

I went to the mirror and had a talk with myself. I looked right at me in the eye, and commanded that spirit of anger to leave me in the Name of Jesus! I knew a lot about deliverance in those days, so I didn’t back down and knew it had to leave in Jesus’ name. You can’t pander to sin or dark feelings. You have to deal with them immediately when you realize what you are dealing with.

Of course, I was tested later. I chose not to let that anger rise up in me again. It was tough at first, but I held my ground and operated according to God’s Word of peace. Had I not, and let that spirit come back in unchecked, it would have grown into a much more serious problem.

One evening I was sitting with this person who was very acutely sick. He whimpered about things in such a way, that I started to get angry with him and his selfish attitude. But I wouldn’t relay that anger in front of him. I had made choices to be Christlike. So, I went out to the kitchen, grabbed the counter with my two hands and fought the anger back. I did that by quoting God’s Word and my commitment to Him.

The anger subsided and I went out back to this person as I had left him, which was an attitude of love and understanding.

As I was sitting there next to him on the couch that he was laid out on, something of power started to rise up within me.

I was getting mad at the cause of this infirmity in this person.

Ahhhh… I was not mad at the person, but the true perpetrator! This happened quite quickly and I put my hand out toward the area of this person’s sickness and commanded (with great vehemence) it to leave in the name of Jesus!!!

It was such an authoritative prayer with such power that I felt really good. I got up to leave for a few minutes and I came back looking for this person.

I couldn’t find him anywhere. I heard a large violent sound going through the house. About ten minutes later I found this person as sweet and calm as a lamb. I couldn’t remember when I had seen such a nice countenance on this person.

I asked him where he had been and what happened.

He told me that he had ferociously thrown up. Not like he ever had before in his life. He was a new person!

He was to go into surgery within 36 hours, but it got cancelled because he was totally healed and had been delivered.

Now, had I entertained my personal anger, this story would not have had such a glorious ending!

Then there is the matter of everyday anger.

For instance, the other day I was starting to get angry with someone for an action I didn’t like. But I sat here asking God to give me understanding. God’s Word says in Proverbs 17:27, “He who restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.”

I got to thinking of what really transpired, and realized that in fact, it was my fault, not theirs, and I changed my thoughts and feelings immediately before they saw how sour I was. Shew!!

Got irritation? Stop, look, and listen. Stop before you act. Look at yourself and see if you were the original culprit. Then listen to Holy Spirit for guidance. You can’t go wrong!!

Other verses worth noting to look up and read are:
Prov. 12:16, 13:3, 13:10, 14:17, 15:1, 15:18, 15:28, 16:23, 16:32, 17:19, 19:11 and many others

God bless you to know the truth so you may be set free!!!

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What is Recompense

Recompense is essential and ordered of the Lord. Recompense means: to repay. Another word given for it is: restitution.

There are 51 references (give or take depending on translation) of the word recompense in the Bible. In the Old Testament, God says we are to pay back four fold, and in other places it says, seven fold.

Colonel Sanders (we know him as the Kentucky Fried Chicken Mogul) was repenting and turning his life back to the Lord, and as a result, paid some Christian organization all the back payments of tithes and offerings he had missed through the years. That is recompense!

Have you accidentally done someone wrong? It is good and necessary to say I’m sorry, but what have you done “to make up for it”?

We don’t have a mentality these days to “make up” for our wrongs. We need the attitude of recompense if just simply to glorify God. And isn’t that what we are all about?

So, if we judge ourselves according to the Word, we can quickly come into right standing through repentance and recompense.

“Then they will confess their sin which they have done: and he shall recompense his trespass with the principle thereof, and add unto it a fifth part, and give it to him whom he has trespassed against.” Numbers 5:7

What are some examples of recompense?

* When a restaurant gives you poor service, they may give you a free desert, or not charge you for something you had, to make up for their mistake.

* If you break something, you just don’t say, “I’m sorry”. That’s just words. Your words need to be backed up with action, and then you are showing you are sorry. You replace the broken item.

* If you lost someone’s book you borrowed, you buy them a new one.

Would you add a bookmark to that? How would that make the offended feel? God’s Word says in Proverbs that “A gift in secret pacifies anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath.”

Gifts are not meant to be manipulative. Then it isn’t a gift. A gift is pure when there is no gain to you by giving it. A gift is a means to bless the other and only them. But ultimately, there is always a gain back to you, for you reap what you sow. But it is a blessing unto you from God.

Paul gives an exonerating example of recompense in the book of Philemon. Verse 19 he says, (sending someone on before him, he says of him), “So, if you consider me your partner, give him the same welcome you would give me if I were coming. If he has harmed you in any way or stolen anything from you, charge me for it. I Paul, write this in my own handwriting: “I will repay it.””

So, recompensing someone is an act of your repentance.

When you repent before the Almighty God, you turn your face from the act of evil you have committed, and set your face to do the right action. That is the key to your ongoing victory over that temptation should it come again. Doing the right thing by setting your heart and mind on that, with a PLAN to do right.

Jeremiah 51:56b says, “For the LORD God of recompenses shall surely requite”. Requite means, to make payment for, avenge, & to repay in kind.

Our God is the LORD God of recompenses! You don’t hear that Name of God very often.

So, we need to take forgiveness/recompense seriously. We need to take our mishandling (or mistakes) seriously as a blessing to the one we offended. This is pleasing to the Lord of recompenses.

God’s Word is always leading us to unity and healing, which always glorifies Him. Glorifying Him is our ultimate goal in all we do.

Surely you have been wronged a number of times, but had that person recompensed in their forgiveness to you with all their heart (forgiveness being shown through their actions, hence, recompense) you would have been healed and restored.

Colossians 3:23 (vs. 17 good also) “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as unto the Lord, not as unto man.”

And finally, Romans 11:33-36 “O the depths and the riches both of the knowledge and wisdom of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways of finding out! For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been His counselor? Or who has first given to Him and it shall be recompensed unto Him again? For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things: to Whom be glory forever. Amen.”

As we hold onto God’s perfect principal of repentance and recompense, it will not only change you from glory to glory, but it will also encourage the other person ~ from glory to glory!!

Let’s pray:

Father, I want to grasp the heart of You and cleave to recompense. Show me the way Lord. Forgive me of my sins and lead me in the way I should go. Bless those who have wronged me, and those whom I have wronged, help me be a blessing to them through the things You show me to do. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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