Biblical Anger Management

Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath
— Ephesians 4:26

Is it a sin to be angry?

Jesus was angry as He turned over the money tables in the temple. Righteous indignation. I believe that all the hurt and disappointment His children experience makes Him angry too. No loving parent likes to see their children hurting.

Yet, Jesus lived a sinless life for us.

Paul is letting us know that we can be angry at the right things and handle it appropriately. Anger is an emotion. It is bound to come. But, instead of being angry with a person, we need to be angry with sin and the devil. The root of the problem. 

Paul is exhorting us in this verse to even be careful with righteous anger. We need to learn to deal with anger carefully and biblically and make sure we are not hurting anyone in the process. And we need to deal with it promptly. "Let not the sun go down."

Holding on to anger for long periods of time can allow it to build in an unhealthy way. When we hold on to it, we keep brooding over it and cause it to grow. God is slow to anger, but when He does get angry it is against sin. 

When we get angry, let us make sure that anger is appropriately placed- on sin.

We can ask God to help us deal with our whole range of emotions in a biblical way and look forward to the time when Christ will make all things new and we will have anger no more because there will be sin no more. 

Until then, let us not harbor anger in our hearts, but deal with it quickly and appropriately when necessary. 


To Ponder:

Am I holding on to anger that I have not dealt with? Am I angry at the right things? How can I deal with it?


Prayer:

Father God, 

    The sin in this world makes me angry. But, help me not to be angry against people, but against the sin that causes all the pain we see. Help me to feel my emotions, but to manage them the way You would have me to. 

To deal with anger quickly and not harbor it in my heart. 

Thank you for Your love and mercy.

Amen

FebruaryLori HilComment