Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against YHWH, and against his anointed, saying, “Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.”
He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: YHWH shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. (Psalm 2:1-6)
It is no secret that some people don’t like to hear the truth. When people recognize that the truth comes from God, it can get pretty messy. Relationships can be shattered; lives forever altered.
If we are not careful, we followers of Christ can take people’s rage personally. We take on ourselves a burden that is really not our own.
Notice how the Psalmist lets the rage flow through him and to God? It does not say, “I will laugh” or “I will speak unto them in my wrath.” No, it says, “He that sits in the heavens”. The psalmist does not take on himself what is not his to take.
This is a lesson worth learning. To answer someone’s anger, we must let it flow through us and to the One who can handle it. When we take it personally, then we often respond in anger ourselves. To respond in anger is to respond in sin.
Think of this way. You can either try to be a dam, holding up other’s anger and letting it build up as a reservoir inside you until it bursts and you act in anger yourself, or you can be a channel through which the person’s anger flows to God – who handles justice and deals with recompense.
When you don’t block the anger up for yourself, you are clear to be a channel for the peacemaking that God wants to have flow through you. This is how we can become peacemakers, as Jesus called us to be in Matthew 5. As channels for anger to pass through us, we are also channels for peace to pass through us. We become streams of peace in a turbulent world rather than reservoirs of rage.
Just a thought to ponder.