“Be angry and sin not, let not the sun go down on your wrath.” (Eph 4:26)
Stephen and Vanessa laid with their backs to each other. They were practically on the edge of bed. Vanessa didn’t want him to touch her, and Stephen wanted to be as far away from his wife as possible. Earlier that evening angry tempers flared, a physical battle erupted, and the police was called in to restore order.
Now embarrassed and offended, the couple was left to ponder their actions. Anger is a powerful emotion that was put in the psyche of man for the specific purpose of resisting and vanquishing evil.
However, through sin and lack of self-control, few people understand or are able to handle the powerful emotion of anger that is good in its purest form.
So, are there times when we should get angry? Yes.
We should be angry at the plight of the poor and disenfranchised when their rights are violated. We should be angry when we see women mistreated because of their feminine gender.
We should be angry when money greedy people use the word of God and the house of God for ungodly means. The word of God declares,
“The Lord is a man of war: the Lord is his name.” (Exodus 15:3)
Righteous anger is a vehement desire to dethrone evil. It is expressed in love and with restraint. This is the anger expressed by our Lord Jesus when he used a scourge to overturn and prevent the house of God from being used as a corrupt financial institution.
This anger has propelled most good men and women in history when they saw wrong and decided to do something about it. However, there is a bad or unrighteous anger; the destructive and consuming anger that flows from pride, unforgiveness and desire for control.
We are angry because we want control over others. We are angry because of hurts inflicted upon us. This is the anger we must allow the Holy Spirit to uproot from our hearts.
We must humble ourselves before God and allow him to break the pride that is in our hearts. We must forgive those who have abused and mistreated us. We must close the door to the Devil and not allow him to control our thoughts. Anger can be good or bad, choose good and put your anger in God’s hand.
*Thought* Contention is the voice of pride.
Lord, We ask for self-restraint, humility and a forgiving heart. Heal us from pass wounds, and teach us.. Amen
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