When words cut deep, anger rises to the surface
as the first line of defense.
Some of us are able to tame it more quickly than others, while some struggle to get it under control.
One thing we all have in common…
We all hurt when words are used as weapons.
Especially when the one throwing them is a loved one.
Someone we trust, pour our hearts out to, live with.
Deep emotions erupt when we are wounded.
I think the deeper the love, the deeper the hurt.
Betrayal doesn’t hurt if you don’t care about the betrayer.
There is one who responded so radically different in a horrible situation, it has mindboggled millions over the years.
In the Garden of Gethsemene, Judas approached Jesus and betrayed him.
Not just for the money he was given to do so, but I suspect he saw Jesus do so much good, he wanted to push Jesus to the next level…force His hand to reveal more of who He is, for the new Kingdom to come in his present.
And instead of being angry…which almost everyone who reads that story for the first time feels…
Jesus acknowledges him.
Lets Judas, one of his closest friends, kiss him on the cheek in a greeting, knowing it will be for the last time.
Jesus’ heart must have been cut to the quick, in a very natural human response.
However, Jesus knew, as He was (and is and always will be) God that Judas would betray Him, and would pay a high price for doing so.
And so chose to show compassion instead of anger.
Sometimes our actions can speak louder than our rage ever could.
The rest of the disciples were confused, surprised and more than a little angry. I love how Peter does what I would imagine any strong able bodied man would do in defense of one he cared for…he sprang into action in attack mode. He tried to harness the anger into action.
Notice how Jesus heals the ear of the man Peter assaulted.
Caring for his enemy even in such a time as when His heart was breaking.
Showing forgiveness instead of anger. Even though He had every right to feel hurt by the one He loved.
Love poured out of His wounds instead of anger.
Anger given over to God will not hinder us from fulfilling our purpose.
The anger we cling onto and refuse to let go of binds us to our wounding, keeping us with open wounds and hurting hearts.
Its time to allow God to heal the wounds earthly love has left behind with His everlasting, good and perfect love.
He wants to drain the infection of anger, bind us up and set us free to become whole.
Will you let Him transform you with His love?
This same love that poured out when He was cut, for you and for me.