We all know what this is… anger, that is. We all get mad. We all become agitated. We all have moments when we allow this anger to take over… even becoming all consuming, at times.
Anger, in itself, is not a sin. With that being said, sin can, and often does, lead to sinful behavior. God made us… He made us in human form, and gave us an assortment of emotions. He is already aware that we are more than capable of exhibiting this particular emotion at any given moment.
The ‘trick’ is to find a way to overcome this anger. This thing that rears its ugly head at any given moment. Even sneaks up on you at times… when you least expect it.
A few weeks ago, the Lord allowed me to experience a level of anger I had not experienced since well before I had children. It was one of those times (publicly, might I add), that I was literally overcome with rage. And let everyone around me know about it. I did not say any ‘bad words’, but I did express my utter disgust in that particular situation. Immediately, I felt horribly embarrassed. I’m not sure if it was the Lord’s conviction or condemnation, but I felt a heaviness in my soul that scolded me to my core.
Needless-to-say, I made apologies to all parties who were witness to this. Then, when I returned home, had some quiet ‘closet time’ with my King. Oh, the selfishness it took for me to lose control that way. I didn’t like it one bit, but I knew that the Lord allowed me have that moment for a reason. Who would have thought that I would let everyone in the free world know of my self-indulgent blurb?!
A lot of times, we as a people, get so very wrapped up in our own lives, and forget about how actions affect those around up. And sometimes, we even get comfortable in our anger. What I mean by that is not that we have a warm, cozy feeling of comfort; but rather a sense of normalcy… One in which we are ‘used to’ that particular feeling. In this case, it takes work… a lot of hard work to learn to change on behavior and adopt a new one.
I pray today, Lord, for those reading this blog. I pray for the ones who have a occasional outburst of anger, God, that they recognize the triggers for this, and tweak their response accordingly… And I pray that they are prayerful in this manner. That they ask for your guidance, and remain in a state of silence until they hear what YOU would have them do in this situation. I pray, Father, for those who have a sense of comfort in their anger, Lord that they seek a new normal. That they are prayerful, also, as to what You would have them do. I pray that You guide them through something that may be very difficult for them to overcome on their own, Lord. And I thank You, in advance, for Your patience, Your strength, and Your Love. In the Mighty, Powerful, Precious name of Jesus I pray.
Amen. And amen.
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Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret – it leads only to evil. ~Psalm 37:8
The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger; abounding in love. ~Psalm 103:8
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. ~Proverbs 15:1
A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel. ~Proverbs 15:18
A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense. ~Proverbs 29:11
Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools. ~Ecclesiastes 7:9
In your anger, do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. ~Ephesians 4:26
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. ~Ephesians 4:31-32
But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. ~Colossians 3:8
Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. ~James 1:19-20