The following is an excerpt from the book, "The Power of One Christlike Life" by Francis Frangipane:
Its the Principle
I know Christians who refuse to surrender their anger to God in many different situations. These are people who love their country, possess high morals, and seek to walk in integrity, yet they feel perfectly justified in being embittered about certain situations! Under the guise, Its the principle of the thing, they are completely unalarmed by their un-Christlike attitudes.
Where in the Bible does God permit Christians to harbor hatred and an unforgiving attitude toward anyone? When was it that God gave permission to Jesus followers to remain angry toward a person for months, or even years?
Thank God, Jesus didnt look down from the cross at the Pharisees and say, You need to be taught a lesson. I love you, but its the principle. No. He prayed, Father, forgive them (Luke 23:34). Then, amazingly, He covered their sin, saying, They do not know what they are doing (v. 34).
Anger Is No Little Sin
The sense of Christian indignation infiltrating the church has not come from heaven. James clearly tells us that the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God (James 1:20). Dont dismiss your anger as a little sin; it disqualified Moses from entering the Promised Land!
Its time to deal with our indignation and lack of forgiveness. It is a terrible witness to the non-Christian world. You see, even though the unsaved dont know much about the Scriptures, they still possess a God-given sense of who Christ is when it comes to real-life issues. Before they will join a church, they will watch how Christians deal with imperfect people.
Things bigger than our indignation about right and wrong are at stake. The world is watching how we relate to those who are morally wrong, even when we are biblically right. And it is watching to see if we look and sound like the Savior or like the Pharisees.
But more crucial than how the world sees us is how Christ sees us. He is watching what is happening to our hearts. He asks each of us a simple question: Do you know what youre becoming? Are you turning your indignation into intercession?