Does the world feel angrier to you than it once did?
People have always been angry at one another ever since there have been people. For centuries, we have never lacked things to get mad about. But in our current time, it certainly seems that anger has escalated to a new level.
We seem to be increasingly divided when it comes to almost everything. And what’s worse, it seems that our anger has boiled over into a shocking number of violent acts.
Why might that be? There are probably any number of reasons. Regardless of why it is, the reality is that we live in a red hot environment. We all desire to have peace in our angry world.
That might seem like good news for the Christian. We would like to think that, if anyone would have peace in an angry world, surely it’s someone who has the hope of Jesus Christ. But it’s not quite that simple, is it?
Even though we know we should have peace, we can’t help but feel anxious, worried, and yes, even angry. As Christians, we still need to learn how to have peace in an angry world.
It starts with remembering just three, simple things:
Have Peace in an Angry World by Remembering Who God Is
You can use a lot of words to describe who God is. He is loving, wise, and sustaining. He is all-knowing, ever-present, and all-powerful. The list goes on and on of His goodness!
But one of the words that helps us live at peace is the word “sovereign.” When we call God “sovereign,” that means God exercises His power over His creation.
The weather? The orchestration of world events? The flight patterns of birds? Yes, and more. Job sums up this truth well:
“I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.” - Job 42:2
That might be scary to think there is a God who is directing all things to His ultimate ends. But, it’s only terrifying when it’s not blended with the truth of Who our loving, faithful, good God is.
If God was isolated from us, if He was uncaring and unmoved, if He was dispassionate and unconcerned about His people – then yes, we have every reason to be terrified. But that’s not the truth of Who God is.
We have seen what God has done for us. He sent His Son to die in our place. He has rescued us and loves us with the full extent of His love. And now, He promises us that His sovereignty is working for the good of those who love Him.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. - Romans 8:28
No matter what else is happening in the world, we can live in peace because we know God loves us, and we know He is in control.
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Have Peace in an Angry World by Remembering Who You Are
One of the reasons people tend to get angry is because something happens that challenges their identity. They lose a job, someone gets sick, or something important to them is in jeopardy.
That deep sense of fear and insecurity often comes out as anger. It doesn’t just happen to non-Christians. This happens to people of faith as well. Therefore, one of the ways we can live at peace is by remembering who God has made us to be:
“See what great love the Father has given us that we should be called God’s children—and we are!” - 1 John 3:1
In Christ, we have been made into new people. We are new creations! God has brought us into his family and adopted us as his children. No matter what else we call ourselves - doctor, teacher, mom, grandpa, or whatever else - we are, at our core, sons and daughters of God.
This helps us live in peace, even in an angry world. We don’t have to feel threatened when either our own lives or the world around us changes. We can deal with those changes, and even fight against them if we need to. But, now we can handle things from a place of security and peace because we know who we are.
Even if everything else changes, we will always be children of God.
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Have Peace in an Angry World by Remembering Who Everyone Else Is
CS Lewis once wrote: “There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilization—these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit—immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.”
It’s easy to forget that, isn’t it?
When we encounter someone we don’t agree with, we can quickly make the shift to thinking of that person as an enemy. Or a target. Or a potential opinion to change. That’s when the anger starts. That other person has now become a shell of a human to us. Their humanity can be diminished in our eyes.
To have peace in conflict, we must always remember that this person is created in the image of God. Every person we encounter is someone God loves and Jesus died for.
This fact, too, helps us live in peace in an angry world because it helps us see those around us as real people, created in God’s image just as we are. It’s harder to be angry at someone when you view them like this.
Jesus told us that in this world, we will have trouble, and He was exactly right (John 13:33). Even so, He also told us that He has given us His peace (John 14:27). Living in that peace, even in an angry world, begins with remembering who God is, who He has made us to be, and who the people are around us.
Which of these keys do you need to remember most today?
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