God’s Anger

We will be saved through
him from God’s wrath.
      —Romans 5:9

Human anger and Divine anger have nothing in common.

Human anger is explosive, uncontrolled, and sometimes dangerous. You’ve seen people blow their top—it’s not pretty; you keep your distance. Human anger is usually self-centered, the fuse most often lit by real or perceived mistreatment.

Divine anger is different. God’s anger is triggered by the destructiveness of sin: it contaminates his children and messes up their lives.

We’re not just exposed, we’re infected: “All have sinned” (Rom 3:23). “All” includes me . . . and you.

So God stepped in to intervene. His wrath was appeased by the sacrifice of his Son on the Cross, where sin was defeated. We were “justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus” (Rom 3:24).

God’s grace was the antidote to God’s wrath.

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