Ephesians 4:26 – When angry, do not sin; do not ever let your wrath (your exasperation, your fury or indignation) last until the sun goes down.”
SATAN OR US?
A little girl was once in a very bad mood. She took her frustration out on her younger brother, at first just teasing him, but eventually punching him, pulling his hair, and kicking him in the shins. The boy could take it all and even deal back a few blows, until the kicking began. That hurt! He went crying to his mother, complaining about what his sister had done.
The mother came to the little girl and said, “Jill, why have you let Satan put in your heart to pull your brothers hair and kick his shins!”
The little one thought it over for a moment and then answered, “Well, Mother, maybe Satan did put in my heart to pull Jack’s hair, but kicking his shin was my own idea.”
OUR OWN WILL
Not all the evil in the world comes directly from Satan, although he may be indirectly the root of it. Much of it comes from the heart of man. What we do with our anger, hatred, and frustration is subject to our will. We can choose how we respond to stress or the behavior of others. Our challenge is to govern our emotions; otherwise, it will rule over us.
SUBJECT OF ANGER
The bible has a lot to say on the subject of anger. That does not necessarily mean that anger is a sin. Anger in itself is not a sin. Even Jesus was angry on occasions when he walked into the Temple courtyard and saw how it had been turned into a marketplace.
We should, however, learn how to handle anger and not be angry for no cause. Jesus said,
Matthew 5:22 – But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.
The apostle James said we should be slow to anger. We should, indeed, learn self-control. We must be slow to be closed at those that criticize and admonish us.
James 1:19-20 – Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters! Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger. For human anger does not accomplish God’s righteousness.
King Solomon said,
Proverbs 15:1 – A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
1 Peter 4:8 – Above all keep your love for one another fervent, because love covers a multitude of sins.
One should know how to be in control because uncontrolled rage belongs to our sinful nature – the nature of Adam that Christ put to death on the Cross. Having self-control and being slow to anger saves us from committing painful mistakes.
Our frustrations take deeper roots in our minds when things not going our way or our anger could be because of any other reason. We have a choice and we cannot keep blaming our sinful nature when we sin. We can be free from sin, by the power of God working in us.
Cain’s anger against his brother went uncontrolled, and it resulted in murder. After murdering Abel, he took it a step further by lying to cover it up.
FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT
Do you have problems with anger management? If so, I have good news! Through the Holy Spirit, you can overcome the problem of a hot temper!
Galatians 5:22-23 – “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
Other verses in the New Testament repeat the admonitions mentioned above. Anger is a normal human emotion. With God’s help, it can be controlled. Without God’s help, it may control us.
SCRIPTURE REFERENCES TO HELP US
Colossians 3:8 – ‘But now put away and rid yourselves [completely] of all these things: anger, rage, bad feeling toward others, curses and slander, and foulmouthed abuse and shameful utterances from your lips!’
Colossians 3:21 – ‘Fathers, do not provoke or irritate or fret your children [do not be hard on them or harass them], lest they become discouraged and sullen and morose and feel inferior and frustrated. [Do not break their spirit.].’
Ecclesiastes 7:9 – ‘Do not be quick in spirit to be angry or vexed, for anger and vexation lodge in the bosom of fools.’
Ephesians 4:31-32 – ‘Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.’
Hebrews 10:30 – ‘For we know Him Who said, Vengeance is Mine [retribution and the meting out of full justice rest with Me]; I will repay [I will exact the compensation], says the Lord. And again, The Lord will judge and determine and solve and settle the cause and the cases of His people.’
James 1:19-20 – You have knowledge of this, dear brothers. But let every man be quick in hearing, slow in words, slow to get angry; For the righteousness of God does not come about by the wrath of man.’
Psalm 30:5 – For His anger is but for a moment, but His favor is for a lifetime or in His favor is life. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.’
Psalm 37:8 – Cease from anger and forsake wrath; fret not yourself—it tends only to evildoing.’
Romans 12:19-21 – Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave the way open for [God’s] wrath; for it is written, Vengeance is Mine, I will repay (requite), says the Lord. But if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head. Do not let yourself be overcome by evil, but overcome (master) evil with good.’
Proverbs 14:17 – A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, And a man of wicked intentions is hated.’
Proverbs 15:1 – A SOFT answer turns away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger.’
Proverbs 15:18 – A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but the slow to anger calms a dispute.’
Proverbs 16:32 – He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, he who rules his [own] spirit than he who takes a city.’
Proverbs 19:11 – ‘Good sense makes a man restrain his anger, and it is his glory to overlook a transgression or an offense.’
Proverbs 22:24-25 – ‘Do not associate with a man given to anger; Or go with a hot-tempered man, Or you will learn his ways And find a snare for yourself.’
Proverbs 27:4 – Wrath is cruel and anger is an overwhelming flood, but who is able to stand before jealousy?
Proverbs 29:22 – An angry man stirs up conflict, and a hot-tempered man increases rebellion.’
LEARN FROM JESUS
One last thing, we should remember also that the Bible says not to let the sun go down on your wrath, so learn to forgive immediately if hurt or offended!
Learn from Jesus our Lord and King to keep a check on our emotions.
Luke 23:34-34 – And Jesus prayed, Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do…’
Luke 6:35 – ‘But love your enemies and be kind and do good [doing favors so that someone derives benefit from them] and lend, expecting and hoping for nothing in return but considering nothing as lost and despairing of no one; and then your recompense (your reward) will be great (rich, strong, intense, and abundant), and you will be sons of the Most High, for He is kind and charitable and good to the ungrateful and the selfish and wicked.’