ANGER 

📖: Ephesians 4:25-32

Confession: Psalm 91

“In your anger do not sin” : Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry” (Ephesians 4:26).

Anger is an emotion characterized by antagonism towards someone or something we feel has deliberately done us wrong. It is an intense emotional response. To be angry is not always a sin. According to the book of Galatians 5:20 says uncontrolled anger is very destructive and its part of the list of “works of the flesh” we are to overcome, mentions “outbursts of wrath”. By contrast, Galatians 5:23 says the spiritual fruit of “self control”. Being angry to the point of sin comes naturally to us, but we must not sin by allowing anger to control us. According, to the book of Ephesians 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”. 

There is a type of anger which the Bible called “righteous indignation” (Mark 3:5). But when anger becomes sinful, when we have an outburst, we need to go to God for forgiveness and repent of a sinful outburst because of our human nature, we will sin again. God’s forgiveness does not remove our human nature; hence, we need God’s strength through the Holy Spirit to help develop our character. We have to continually fight against anger by seeking God’s help. Uncontrolled anger opens the door to Satan; therefore we e must be very careful when we have an outburst because if not handled properly can lead to sin. 

Anger becomes sinful when it is motivated by pride, (James 1:20), or is allowed to linger, (Ephesians 4:26). When anger is allowed to boil over without restraint. Out-of-control anger irreparable. When we refuse to be pacified, hold a grudge or keeps it all inside-health problem, which can lead to depression. James 1:19-20, says be slow to wrath, because wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. God did not say never be angry, but to be slow to anger. We must be able to control ourselves and not lose control or act wrongly (Proverbs 29:22) because it causes bitterness, evil speaking and malice and can lead to KILLING (Genesis 4:4-8). The Bible says, “Don’t stay angry. Don’t go to sleep angry. Don’t give the enemy – Devil a foothold” (Ephesians 4:26-27).

Anger is a problem that most people face at times and have problems controlling it. Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth (Numbers 12:3) he had problem controlling his anger, when he was angered by the children of Israel on many occasions. He spoke in great anger. He allowed his anger to become sinful anger which at the end God did not allow him entry into the Promised Land (Numbers 16:15 Exodus 32:19). Therefore, if anger is not managed, no matter how righteous we might be in other areas our lives, it can become deadly and sinful in the eyes of God. 

The moment we realise there’s anger issue in us, we need to address it and work on it seriously. Anger Management is a process, and not an overnight solution. The key is to Acknowledge anger as sin (1 John 1:9), confess our sin to God, ask for forgiveness, (Acts 8:22), repent and pray. Apologize to those we have hurt; the people we hurt by our outburst, (Matthew 5:23,24). Not allowing whatever is bothering us to build up until we lose control. Attack the problem, not the person, (Ephesians 4:29,31). A gentle response turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger (Proverbs 15:1). Act; don’t react to solve the problem and not make it bigger or worse. We cannot control other people’s lives, actions or responses, BUT we can control ourselves and control our response. It saves the day at the end. 

We cannot overcome anger until we have dealt with the root. For us to overcome our anger, we must surrender our lives to Jesus Christ, apply God’s Word, meditate on it and with the help of the Holy Spirit and by the grace of God we will have self control, and overcome our anger. The self control, patience, gentleness will make us have love for one another -“fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22-24). Anger, if not checked, can breakdown communication and tear relationships apart. It can ruin both parties involved of their joy, happiness or even health. We need the Holy Spirit to help mold or change our character to Christ like attributes and become a better person. Stay connected! Stay focused! Have a blessed day. Shalom!!!

PRAYER

🙏 Holy Spirit baptize my life with Your power and teach me to control my anger in Jesus’ name.

🙏 Holy Spirit of God, have Your way in my life, in the name of Jesus.

🙏 My Father, my Father arise, empower me with Your power to recognise the spirit of anger in me, in the name of Jesus.

🙏 O God, arise I need a change by fire; break, change, and mould me, in the name of Jesus.

🙏 O God arise, show me the root of my anger in the name of Jesus.

🙏 Holy Spirit, incubate my life afresh, in the name of Jesus.

🙏 O Lord, let the Holy Ghost fire, set my whole heart on fire, in the name of Jesus.

🙏Inherited anger, I reject you. Blood of Jesus, flush it out of my life, in the name of Jesus.

🙏 My Father and my God, align my plans to conform with Your plans for my life, in Jesus’ name.

🙏Whatever will make me miss my goal in life, Blood of Jesus, flush it out of me, in Jesus’ name.

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