Thursday, 20 April 2017

Slow to anger

The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy. - Psalm 145:8

The Lord is gracious and He is full of compassion. He is great in mercy.

All of those are wonderful truths that we ought to pause and thank Him for.

But here I want to stop and focus on those wonderful, amazing, fantastic words – ‘the Lord is slow to anger.’

I can’t imagine what it would be like if the Lord was as quick to anger as I can be. The Lord has done a big work since I was younger, but I can still ‘lose the head’ in an instant. If the wrong thing sets me off I can just blow up. Too many times I have had to go back and apologise after a stunt like that.

If God responded to my sin the I react to the perceived wrong of others I would be in deep trouble.

The fact that God is slow to anger is a practical application of the theological truth that God is both loving and just. His justice demands a penalty for sin – His love gives every opportunity to satisfy the debt. 

I can just thank God that He is slow to anger and patient with me. May He help me to treat others the same way He treats me. 

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