Our LORD always leads us to the secret, innermost roots of things.
He does not concern Himself with symptoms, but with causes.
He does not begin with the molten lava flowing down the fair mountain slope and destroying the vineyards. He begins with the central fires in which the lava is born.
He does not begin with uncleanness. He begins with the thoughts which produce it.
He does not begin with murder, but with the anger which causes it.
He pierces to the secret fires!
Now, all anger is not of sin. The Apostle Paul enjoins his readers to “be angry, and sin not.” To be altogether incapable of anger would be to offer no antagonism to the wrongs and oppressions of the world.
Who is made to stumble, and I burn not? cries the Apostle Paul. If wrong stalked abroad with heedless feet he burned with holy passion. There is anger which is like clean flame, clear and pure, as “the sea of glass mingled with fire.
And there is anger which is like a smoky bonfire, and it pollutes while it destroys.
It is the unclean anger which is of sin. It seeks revenge, not righteousness.
It seeks “to get its own back,” not to get the wrong-doer back to God. It follows wrong with further wrong. It spreads the devil’s fire.
~John Henry Jowett~