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Anger

There was a time in my life many years ago, that I would occasionally erupt like a volcanic eruption. I am ashamed of those days. I do not and have not let that happen in my life in a great many years.

Anger is a valid emotion but one that has a boundary and whose line can too easily be crossed. We are instructed in Eph 4:26-27, “In your anger do not sin…” This verse is instructional and insightful. God clearly teaches us that anger in itself is not sin, that it can be carried to the point of sin, and that it can give the devil a foothold. That literally means “giving the devil occupancy — a place to dwell.”

For some people, their anger not only crosses the line of inappropriateness into sinning but they’re practically inviting the devil to sit down at their table and sign a long term lease to live with them. How does that happen?

Anger unrestrained will lead to all kinds of outbursts that cause regret. People that sin in their anger seldom stay on the issue they are angry over. They often draw past offenses and hurts to the scene. This causes anger to swell. Then begin to mull over these extra offenses which will start to cause internal swelling to the original anger. That can become the early stage of rage which always leads to irrational thinking. Eruption is now brewing below the surface. Unbridled anger or rage leads to irrational thoughts that then lead to thoughts of every kind of evil. James 3:16 says it like this, “For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.”

As words begin to erupt from this anger, they begin to flow like lava and the devil now has a foothold. The words will be destructive and do damage to anyone in its path. In many cases, those words do long term damage that people may or may not recover from.

Gods wisdom tells us the danger in letting our anger ever cross the boundaries of inappropriateness.

Proverbs 27:4 says, “Anger is cruel and fury overwhelming…” Prov 14:17 says, “A quick-tempered man does foolish things….

You need to take on God’s temperament. Psalms 103:8 reveals, “The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.” God isn’t expecting people to meet His perfection. He had Jesus come and do that. Jesus was the only one who could. God is driven by love to help people make progress with great patience.

To keep anger from turning to rage, limit yourself to how much you think about or mull it over. Speak few words about it as words cause anger to grow. Pray to ask God help you forgive — seek forgiveness for your own personal faults at the time of your anger toward someone else. Finally, pray for that person from a spirit of love and faith with the sincere desire to help them.

Eph 4:26-27, “In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.”

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Tips:

 Try not to get angry. When people get angry they seem to lose faith in God. But if you do get angry, try and calm yourself down. “Be angry, but do not sin. Do not allow the sun to set on your anger.” Get over it that day. Whenever you have a problem, ask God to help you. He may not solve it the way you want, but you will probably be happy with the results. You don’t have to become a priest or pastor if you want to be really close to God. You can do it through prayer and trusting in God even as a child. Try your best to get closer to God. It can’t be something like you just want to get into heaven or get whatever reward, but it has to be something that you WORK at. It’s not easy, but the rewards are real and are amazing.. When you do bless others in real ways then you will receive “blessings” that you can not contain. Your “cup” will overflow to bless others even more.. Always thank, praise and glorify God regardless of anything good or bad in your life.

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The Consequences of Anger 
Proverbs 19:19

Anger is a common emotion that arises when one encounters a threat, insult, injustice, or frustration. God Himself feels anger, and He has given us this same ability. However, because of our fallen nature, we often respond in a sinful manner when this intense feeling overwhelms us.

One prevalent sinful response is to hold onto anger until it becomes part of our character. It takes up residence in the innermost being and starts to twist thinking and agitate emotions. Peace and joy are noticeably absent because they cannot coexist with the anxiety and frustration that accompany bitterness.

After poisoning the character, an angry spirit spills over into other relationships. Hurtful words are thrown like flaming arrows, even at those who aren’t the cause of the rage. Shields of self-protection are raised in an effort to avoid any future hurts. Unfortunately, the result of these behaviors is stressed relationships and isolation.

While anger can damage character and connections with others, its most tragic consequence is broken fellowship with God. Wrath not only hinders His work in and through believers; it also grieves the Father’s heart. He desires to shower His children with blessings, but fists full of anger cannot receive His riches of character and calling.

Are you harboring anger? It could be so deeply buried within your soul that you are unaware of its presence. But sustained, unresolved bitterness will affect every area of your life. Ask God to reveal any hidden resentment. Release it, and take hold of the riches of Christ.

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Prayer in Time of Anger

Lord Jesus, there is anger in my heart and I cannot root it out. I know that I should calm down and offer the hurt and disappointment to You but my emotion is running away with me. Help me to overcome this weakness and give me peace of heart as well as mind. Let me learn from this experience and grow into a better human being. Amen.

Prayer To Overcome Bitterness and Resentment

Father, I acknowledge that I’ve held resentment and bitterness against (name). I confess this as sin and ask You to forgive me. I forgive (name). Remind me, Lord, to not hold any more resentments, but rather to love this person. Father, I ask You to also forgive (name) . Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. In Jesus’ Holy Name, Amen.

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One Response to “Anger”

  1. Mother Teresa said,” If you think well of others,you will also speak well of others and to others.From the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.If your heart is full of LOVE,you will speak of LOVE.”
    God is LOVE.


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