Anger

Posted: February 27, 2012 in Random Thoughts
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“In Your Anger Do Not Sin; Do Not Let The Sun Go Down While You Are Still Angry.”  -Ephesians 4:26-

IS YOUR ANGER A SIN?

God is holy and perfect, yet He becomes angry.  Though sinless, Jesus became angry when He lived on Earth.  So what about you when you become angry?  The Word of God says “in your anger do not sin.”  That means it is possible for you to be angry, yet not sin.

WHEN IS YOUR ANGER SIN?

When you hold onto your anger, it is a sin.  Although you may occasionally feel the initial emotion of anger, which is not sinful, Ephesians 4:26 days, “do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.”  Therefore, you are to rid yourself of anger as soon as possible (Colossians 3:8).

WHAT CAUSES YOUR ANGER?

Your anger is a secondary response to one of four sources: hurt, injustice, fear and frustration.  Anger is like the red light on the dash of your car, signaling “Something’s wrong!  Something’s wrong!”  The purpose of your anger is to propel you to right action.

HOW CAN YOU PREVENT

INAPPROPRIATE ANGER?

Memorize and meditate on these Scriptures.

  • Don’t give full vent to your anger.                                        (Proverbs 29:11)
  • Don’t take revenge on anyone.                                               (Romans 12:19)
  • Don’t resort to name-calling.                                                  (Matthew 5:22)
  • Seek out the source of your anger.                                       (Psalms 139:23-24)
  • Release your anger to the Lord.                                             (1 Peter 5:7)
  • Pray for your offender.                                                              (Ephesians 6:18)
  • Forgive as the Lord forgave you.                                           (Colossians 3:13)
  • Ask God for His wisdom.                                                            (James 1:5)
  • Be slow to speak.                                                                           (James 1:19-20)
  • Do not expect others to be perfect.                                      (Romans 3:10)
  • Trust God with your trials.                                                       (Colossians 3:15)
  • Stand ready to forgive anything.                                           (Ephesians 4:31-32)

“For man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.”  James 1:20

-Hope for the Heart

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