Most of the time, we get angry or bitter because we don’t get our way; Pride kills joy, surrender your rights!
In justifying anger, many people often cite Jesus’ display of anger at the temple of Jerusalem. He turned tables and rebuked those who turned His Father’s house into a den of robbers. (Matt. 21:12–13). That was righteous anger.
However, for sinners like us, our anger is often because we think ‘were better than others.’ It could be entitlement or righteous indignation. But it always stems from ‘wounded self-worth,’ which is really pride that slowly kills joy.
– Jesus surrendered His rights –
Right to be respected
We expect people to respect us, especially when we possess a position of pride. Jews spat and mocked Jesus; He did nothing. (Mark 14:65)
“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
Right to be treated fairly
The apostles were never treated fairly. In fact, early Christians suffered from injustice. They were martyred because of politics. Even the trial of Jesus was illegal [Commentary]
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.
Right to be heard
Someone asked Jesus about taxes. He knew it was unfair, yet He did not encourage people to protest. Jesus heard the cry of the people, but he did not echo their words to confront authorities. [Matthew 22:21]
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. The life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Right to be right
The bottom line, Jesus demonstrated and taught His disciples to surrender their rights and turn the other cheek. Perhaps you are frustrated or angered by someone, something, or the government. There is no place for a ‘Christian activist‘ or a ‘Christian critic’ in the Bible.
Look at the humility of Jesus, and follow His example. He came for the lost souls, and He asks the same for us. The antidote for pride is humility, and it takes humility to surrender your rights.
It takes humility to surrender your rights.