Anxiety. Fear. Depression. Anger. We are collegiate missionaries and not counselors, yet we are regularly encountering these emotions among students on nearly every campus we serve. Over the last 3 weeks, we jave been posting papers written by TJ Chesnut for a seminary class on Biblically counseling individuals experiencing these emotions. Hopefully each paper will give you Scriptural direction as you relate with students. - Andy
In defining anger Robert Jones states, “Anger is our whole-person active response of negative moral judgment against a perceived evil.” I personally like this definition because it encapsulates a wide range of components that come into play with anger. First, this definition shows that anger is not simply a response of our mind or emotion but of our whole being – body, mind, emotion, etc. Second, this definition points out that anger is an active response; there is an element of action that is being taken by an angry individual. Third, Jones’ definition recognizes that our anger does not simply appear out of nowhere but is targeted at something or someone. Fourth, this working definition displays that anger is a “moral emotion” that makes a moral judgment that carries with it condemnation. Lastly, Jones’ definition states that judgment is brought against a “perceived evil.” This point draws attention to how human anger is subjective because a perceived evil may not be evil objectively.