WEDNESDAY’S WORD – INDIGNATION – Sadell Bradley – 03/08/17 New Life Covenant Cincinnati

Sadell Bradley

Sadell Bradley

“Moral indignation in most cases is 2% moral, 48% indignation, and 50% envy.” – Vittorio De Sica – Actor/Director

“Anger is just a cowardly extension of sadness. It’s a lot easier to be angry at someone than it is to tell them that you’re hurt.”  -Tom Gates  – Author/Illustrator

I am sad to say that I recently experienced some Elder brother feelings.  You know, the ones described in the account of the lost or Prodigal

Son in Luke 15. Prodigal means to spend resources recklessly. The younger son asks his father for his inheritance early and wastes it all on prostitutes and riotous living. After coming to himself, he returns to his father repentant: desiring only to become a hired servant in the house. Instead, his father runs to greet his lost son and celebrates with a huge party; giving him a ring, a robe and a feast.  The elder brother was, as they say today, ‘in his feelings’ about it. INDIGNATION is anger or annoyance provoked by what is perceived as unfair treatment.

28 “The older brother became angry and refused

to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’ Was the elder brother upset because of the celebration being held for his sibling? Was it frustration for years of sadness, trauma or over-responsibility? Did he wish he’d been the one to go philandering and wasting? Or was it that he’d never taken full advantage of the opportunities that were freely offered to him by his father in the same house? It could be all of the above.

That word angry from the Greek ‘orge’ means a settled anger rising from a fixed opposition. It proceeds from an internal disposition which steadfastly opposes someone based on extended personal exposure, i.e. solidifying what the beholder considers wrong (unjust, evil). The elder brother was not just angry at that moment, he’d been indignant for some time over this  injustice. He’d done everything ‘right’ but seemed not to be getting the Father’s love and favor that his younger, but less responsible brother received.

 31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me,and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.'”Have you ever felt like you’ve done ‘everything right’ but are not getting anywhere? Of course you know you haven’t done everything right, but that’s how you feel. Have you watched others break rules, and do what they’re big and bad enough to do and still get ahead? Has that caused you indignation with injustice, or even envy over time? When I identified these feelings, it took me straight to the prayer closet. The Elder Brother Syndrome needs to be checked. The Father loves us ALL and all that He has is available to us.

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Sadell Bradley, Pastor of The Warehouse Church OTR, is a dynamic teacher and worship leader, with over 30 years in ministry in various contexts including: as a conference speaker and trainer, music, worship and arts pastor, providing background vocals for various artists; as a campus missionary, and as a ministry development director.
Sadell’s main desire is to see people saved, healed, delivered and set free by the ministry of Jesus, the Word of God, and presence of the Holy Spirit. (Luke 4:18)

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