Saturday, February 21, 2009

Anger: The Image of Satan

Jonathan Dodson @ reviews the topic of anger. He covers:

Garden Variety Anger

Satanic Anger

Proverbs 16:32 tells us:

Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

David Powlison describes our anger in Satanic, warlike features:

Warmaking is a prime trait of sinners. It's the image of Satan: liar, murder, divider, aggressor.1

Speaking of the judgmental and contentious person he writes:

He becomes, in fact, Satanic. He acts in the image of the accuser of the brethren, an adversary of the well-being of others, an unlawful bringer of destruction, a tyrant and vigilante.2

Idols Beneath the Anger

Anger and Unbelief

The Anger of God and the Cross of Christ

God is also love, and God's love demands His wrath. As David Powlison has noted:

You can't understand God's love if you don't understand his anger.3


  1. David Powlison, "Anger: Part 3" JBC Vol 16, 1 Fall 1997, 32.
  2. Ibid., 37
  3. David Powlison, JBC Vol. 14, 1 (Fall 1995), 41.

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