In this audio talk, David Powlison examines the end goal of anger. What does anger done right look like? Anger is actually part of the perfect God-man, Jesus Christ. Powlison examines three opposites of anger: Joy, Indifference, and mercy. Powlison examines “the constructive displeasure of mercy” – mercy traverses the exact same ground as anger. Anger says, “That displease me, so I will destroy it;” Joy says, “That pleases me, so I will cherish it;” Indifference says, “That doesn’t matter, so I can take it or leave it;” Mercy says, “That displeases me, so I will redeem it.”
The constructive displeasure of mercy sees evil and faces it head-on. The constructive displeasure of mercy involves: 1.) Patience – being willing to work with wrong over a long time; 2.) Forgiveness – consciously acts with a holy unfairness in return; 3.) Giving – charity is always working with something that’s wrong, but it chooses to give; and 4.) Constructive conflict – being willing to confront things that are wrong directly. The motive for the constructive displeasure of mercy is Jesus himself – He had no illusions about the evil he would face, but his was a life of constructive displeasure and action.
Key Scripture: Romans 12:19