Anger

Anger

Anger is one of the strongest human emotions that we can experience. It can quickly become an uncontrollable force that can easily lead us into sin. God spoke to Cain telling him that sin was crouching at his door but that he must master it Genesis (4:6-7). Those words of wisdom were directed at Cain’s anger and how he was going to control those angry feelings toward his brother Abel. As we all know Cain killed his brother Abel, but that action started from his angry feelings toward Abel. Controlling anger is a test of our self-control because we determine how angry we will allow ourselves to get when things don’t go our way. We can either take our anger to the Lord in prayer and study to diffuse it or we can give in to the full fury of it, which usually leads to sinful words or worse foolish actions. James wrote wise words in James 1:20, that encourage us to be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. As Proverbs 29:11 reminds us only a fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.

Pride many times is the underpinnings of our anger. Someone slights us in some way and it generates hateful anger inside. How quickly we become angry is a good sign of how much control our sinful nature has in our life. Anger is only justified when it doesn’t involve any selfish underlying motives but rather on true injustice around us. Jesus demonstrated in Matthew 21:12-13 righteous indignation when he drove out the moneychangers from the temple which should have been used for worshipping God only. When we see something that mocks or belittles our Lord that should anger us but not lead us into sinning against our Lord in response. We must apply God’s wisdom in dealing with such situations and not use worldly wisdom of revenge as an answer to such things. Case in point we don’t kill doctors who perform abortions to answer that terrible sin. Those actions are as deplorable and senseless as the initial sin. We need to apply God’s wisdom, which should be to preach and share God’s Word to those who are in error. God is the ultimate judge and will apply justice to every human being.

Anger blinds us from making good decisions and can become the fuel that feeds many sinful attitudes like hatred and dissension. Ephesians 4:26-27 gives us some good advice for handling anger. Verse 26 says, “in your anger do not sin”, implying anger in and of itself is not sin but can easily lead to sin if we do not control it. Verse 26 goes on to teach that we should not let the sun go down on our anger and give the devil a foothold. We should deal with anger quickly when we experience it. Anger can become a very short stepping stone to more serious sinful situations, because anger grows quickly if it is not dealt with immediately in our life. Anger and a quick temper leads to many sins (Proverbs 29:22). Being slow to become angry should be one of our constant daily prayers.


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MONDAY: List the situations that cause you to become angry. Are you slow to become angry in your spirit? Do you allow your anger to fester by not dealing with it quickly? Read Ephesians 4:26-27. How do you calm your anger when it does occur?

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TUESDAY: Read James 1:19-21. Write down your thoughts on how your anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. Read 1Corinthians 13:4-7. What does Paul encourage us with in this passage that we need to combat anger?

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WEDNESDAY: Do you hate when you feel angry? Anger should not be an experience that we enjoy in our lives. Read Matthew 5:21-22. What does Jesus teach about being angry with our brother and what that can bring to us in this passage?

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THURSDAY: Is anger a weapon of your pride? Read Proverbs 12:16. Do you respond with anger when someone doesn’t give you the respect that you believe you are due? Read Proverbs 12:18. Angry words usually become reckless words and cause many harmful things when we speak in anger.

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FRIDAY: Are you careful not to provoke others into anger? Read Proverbs 15:1. Do you choose your words wisely when confronting someone or dealing with sensitive issues? Read John12:49-50. Notice what Jesus said about being careful to say just what the Father wanted him to say and how to say it.

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*Family Devotional Ideas:

Discuss what makes your children angry. Tell them how you deal with your anger when it happens. Teach that forgiveness and love is always necessary to drive anger away.

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