It’s Sadness, Not Anger

I am not angry with those that don’t know and enjoy the freedom that I have in Christ. There isn’t hostility in my heart for those who don’t believe. I can’t be hostile towards someone not chasing after a mission that has yet to be placed in their heart.
I was speaking with an agnostic friend of mine about the anger of Christians towards those who do not believe. We agreed that it was silly, but for different reasons. My friend was concerned about an angry god, full of hatred towards unbelievers. That god concerns me too. The thing is, that’s not Jesus.
Throughout the Gospels Jesus shows nothing but compassion and love for those who don’t know him or his Father. His anger is reserved for the people who claim to know God and are stuck in their own self-righteousness.
The God I have come to know is saddened by unbelief, not angry. Rebellion outside of a relationship with Christ is natural. The “worst of the worst” break the heart of Jesus, he desires nothing but the salvation of all. Any anger there might be is directed at the self righteous “church person” who should know better.
God is not mad at you who do not believe. He doesn’t hate you or sit waiting to toss a lightning bolt your way. He loves you and is distraught in his sadness waiting for you to come to him.
The anger is waiting for the people who have pushed you away. The people who hid behind their “churchiness”, the ones who looked down on you or refused to let you in to their “holy circles”, they are the ones on the receiving end of Gods wrath.
For you there is love and compassion. For you there is a joy that surpasses understanding. For you there is healing of whatever brokenness you might have. Each day that passes that he is unable to engage in relationship with you, it brings sadness not anger.

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One response to “It’s Sadness, Not Anger

  1. I love this: “God is not mad at you who do not believe. He doesn’t hate you or sit waiting to toss a lightning bolt your way. He loves you and is distraught in his sadness waiting for you to come to him.”

    Well said, my friend!

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