“For God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us” (1 Thessalonians 5:9, NLT).

The Bible talks a lot about God’s anger and many people choose to focus on it more than his love. Evangelism is often based on fear of his anger and the punishment to come. We joke about being struck by lightning for doing something wrong. Because of the conditioning we’ve all received, even some who haven’t given God much thought for most of their lives worry what will happen after death as a result of their bad behavior.

God does get angry but it doesn’t define who he is. God is love. Everything he does comes out of his love, including showing anger. He’s not like us. He doesn’t lose his temper or lash out uncontrollably or spend lots of time planning out the most painful way to torture sinners. Even those who all their lives defy, denigrate and turn their backs on him will be dealt with according to his love. To believe otherwise is to believe the lie that God is two-faced, capricious and as human as we are. God is love and he never acts out of character, something we can all be eternally thankful for.

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