“Blessed are the meek” – Q&A #9

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Question: If people do something bad to us, why is it wrong to get angry?

Answer: Because God has told us, through His Word in the Bible, that we must learn to control our anger. The word wrath means extreme anger, and is used often in the Bible:

“Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.” (James 1)

“He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.”
(Prov. 14)

“Scornful men bring a city into a snare: but wise men turn away wrath.” (Prov. 29)

“It is an honour for a man to cease from strife.” (Prov. 20)

Learning to control anger is part of being meek. It is the loving thing to do, and is a sign that
we are on the right path to “inherit the earth.” No one said it would be easy, but it is what all Christians must do. After all, think of all the reasons God might have to be angry with his disobedient children! But, knowing who we really are, He continues to pour out His Love unto all.

“Let all bitterness and wrath, and anger, and . . . evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” (Eph. 4)

Further Study: The story of David and Abigail in I Samuel, chapter 25, shows how it is best to control anger, and not seek revenge. We must trust God.

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
Copyright 2002)

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