Anger

Anger is a major problem with many people.  Some blow up like a stick of dynamite, others smolder beneath their surface and forever resent those at whom they are angry.

There is a verse that says, “Be angry and do not sin, let not the sun go down on your wrath.”  That’s Ephesians 4:26, and it doesn’t mean what most people think it means.  Most people think it means if you must be angry, get it resolved quickly.  We should resolve most issues quickly, but what this verse is saying is that there are some things we are to be angry and stay angry about.  Generally, when the sun goes down, the work day is over, and it’s time to rest.  This verse is saying that we are not let our anger rest against the things of the devil.  The next verse says, “Do not give place to the devil,” and this means don’t give the devil any slack or any leeway.  That’s righteous anger.

The problem most folks have is that they are angry at the wrong things and for the wrong reasons, and when you reduce it down to its lowest common denominator, it’s a pride problem.  Pride, at its very heart, is self-centeredness.  Christians are supposed to be Christ-centered.

We really only have two commandments:  love God and love people.  Ungodly anger pulls us away from obedience to those commands.

As we seriously examine ourselves, we may find that our problem is that we practice anger by responding with angry words and thoughts to the daily occurrences of life.  We don’t get up as early as we needed to, we are delayed by some unforeseen thing, or we make a personal mistake, and we practice anger and hostility.  I can’t say that I’ve arrived, but I am trying to learn that God is always watching out for my best interest, and that He works all things together for my good.

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