Wrath is defined as an intense hostile anger, rage, or fury and in many cases it tends to escalate into vindictive vengeance. Wrath may grow out of such emotions as; disgust, irritability, bitterness, jealousy, etc. With such emotions resulting in evil actions, one can easily see why wrath is one of the ungodly works of the flesh.
The Scripture tells us in James 1:19 and 20: “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.”
In Revelation 19, verses 7-9, we get a glimpse of the importance of righteousness in the life of a child of God. According to the above verse from James, we can see how wrath cancels out righteousness. These verses from Revelation show us the importance and rewards of righteousness. Notice the fine linen worn by the Bride of Christ at the Marriage Supper is the righteousness of the saints.
Let’s look at these verses: “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. (8) And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. (9) And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.”
Those called unto this glorious event will be dressed in fine pure white linen, which represents righteousness. They are called “blessed” which leads us to believe that all others who were not called to this great supper will by default be cursed. The crux of the matter is that this one sin, the work of the flesh called wrath, will put a spot on the white linen garment and thereby disqualify one from becoming a participant at that important ceremony. Of course, any other sin will have the same result.
Many examples from scripture show the bitter results of wrath. Cain killed his brother Able. Jacob was estranged from his family for over twenty years because of the wrath of his brother, Esau. In the book of Esther, Mordecai wan almost hanged by the wicked Haman as a result of his jealous wrath. Joseph’s brothers sold him into Egyptian salary over their wrath. These are only a few biblical examples.
In today’s world, all one has to do is hear the daily news to see the out workings of wrath in our society. Murders, character assassins, property destruction, disrespect for authority, etc is a common daily happening.
We will conclude this subject by listing a sew Scriptures on wrath.
“He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly” (Prov. 14:29).
“Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?” (Prov. 27:4).
“Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:” (Eph. 4:26).
“I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting” (1 Tim. 2:8).
Walter Lofton is a local pastor at the Church of God in Seth and can be reached by email at [email protected]