“Nobody’s THAT nice!“
“They get on my nerves with that smile on their face ALL the time!“
“Don’t they ever get angry!?”
“They are always in someone else’s business! No one asked them for help!“
“I wonder what they’re REALLY up to!”
Have you ever heard anyone make a statement like those above? Have you ever said or thought like that yourself?
There were numerous occasions in the bible when the Pharisees and religious leaders got pissed off at Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) for doing good… being compassionate… healing…
One such occasion was when the Lord healed a man in the synagogue on the Sabbath day. Jesus showed compassion, kindness and changed a man’s world for the better by healing him of a life long ailment. As the jealous and evil religious leaders looked on, rather than being overjoyed at witnessing a miracle, they were enraged.
Rather than asking for the same healing, deliverance, restoration, forgiveness or salvation that was also available to them…they were incensed.
Rather that worshiping Jesus, they immediately conspired how they might destroy Him. It is clear that they were under powerful influence of the enemy.
Mark 3 (NKJV)
And He entered the synagogue again, and a man was there who had a withered hand. 2 So they watched Him closely, whether He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might [a]accuse Him. 3 And He said to the man who had the withered hand, [b]“Step forward.” 4 Then He said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they kept silent. 5 And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored [c]as whole as the other. 6 Then the Pharisees went out and immediately plotted with the Herodians against Him, how they might destroy Him.
Notice the Lord’s reaction to the hardness of their hearts in verse five (5). He was angry at them.
But, before we point a self-righteous finger at those who got pissed off at Jesus’ kindness, how many times have we gotten aggravated at someone showing God’s love?
How many times have we gotten angry at someone living out one of the most powerful Fruit of the Spirit?
Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 [a]gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
How many times has someone else’s kindness led us to anger, jealously, envy, rage, wrath, gossip, or even hatred?
When we get angry at someone’s kindness, we are being influenced by the enemy. And, when we get angry at someone sharing God’s love, Jesus reacts to us the very same way He did with the Pharisees in Mark 3, and on so many other occasions…with anger.
Remember, we piss God off when we get pissed off at someone else’s kindness.