Reflecting the Image of our Creator:
Mind Your Temper: Everyone has become angry at one time or another, it’s a natural human emotion. Do you blow up over the smallest of incidents? Instead of allowing yourself to feel grief, fear or pain, instead you feel anger? Do you wake up in the morning and you’re already angry?
Before I get deep into the scriptures, I want to remind you that there’s such a thing as righteous anger, such as the time when Jesus overturned the tables of the money changers and animal sellers who were defiling the Temple of God.
Matthew 21:12-13 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
One of God’s attributes is that He’s slow to anger:
Psalm 86:15 But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, long suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.
However, I’m not going to address righteous anger until a future blog article. Of course, anger in itself it no sin, it’s the results of the uncontrolled reaction that I’m talking about – that destructive Satanic force that once it’s been unleashed, it can lead us to sin and woefully, it’s the destroyer of your peace and without peace we’re unable to live the loving and fruitful life as disciples of Jesus the Messiah – Yeshua HaMashiach.
When Cain murdered Abel, he was angry at his brother and also at God! When Esau threatened Jacob’s life, he was also angry to the point of sin (murder), so Jacob had to flee for his life. Moses became angry with the Israelites and struck the rock to get water instead of speaking to it as God commanded him to do and because God saw it as a lack of faith, it cost him entry into the “Promised Land”. All of these cases and many more in the Bible ended badly for the people involved. This is why it’s so important to recognize and learn how to control your anger.
When a person becomes uncontrollably angry, very often they become hurtful and find themselves saying things that they otherwise wouldn’t even think! Then before you know it, everyone is angered…it’s almost like a contagious disease as it can spread to anyone close enough to either feel the brunt of it or believe that they should try to calm the other person down. Sometimes anger can turn in to a grudge against the other person or persons and then it’s not only turned on those around them, but it’s now turned inward on themselves. People have a tendency to hold grudges for a lifetime and just think what that does to their salvation.
I’m going to share Scriptures that will encourage you to control your anger. Scriptures that will bring you peace:
First of all, you need to confess to Heavenly Father that you know that you have a problem with anger and ask Him for his help. Then turn to your Bible and have the faith that He will change you! Depend on the “WORD” of God for your strength as we truly have no strength without Him.
Biblical Definition: Anger is a strong feeling of being upset or annoyed because of something wrong or bad. When anger turns into wrath, it can cause you to sin.
Scriptures are from the KJV – King James Version of the Bible.
Psalm 37:8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.
Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
Ephesians 4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
Ephesians 4:31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
Colossians 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
James 1:19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
Proverbs 12:20 Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy.