A+A=?

April 20, 2016

Well this devotion is inspired by Joe; and a comment his pastor made during a sermon. “The mood in America is one of anger, and for us Christians I’m praying that we don’t live in anger right now but in Anguish.” (Give that some thought)

 

ANGER
Anger is an emotion, an involuntary reaction to a displeasing situation or event. As long as anger is limited to this involuntary, initial emotion, it may be considered a normal reaction. It is when we respond improperly to anger – when we lose our temper (let anger get out of hand) or store it up so that it makes us bitter, resentful, or hostile – that is becomes dangerous. It is here that the Bible calls us to account.
In approaching the subject of anger, we must realize that not all anger is wrong. When the Bible deals with anger, it may be focusing on several different emotions. For example:

1. Moses’ anger burned when he saw the unfaithfulness and idolatry of his people. (Exodus 32:19)
2. On healing the man with the “withered hand,” it is recorded that Jesus “looked around at them in anger” because he was disturbed at their (the Pharisees’) stubborn hearts. (Mark 3:5, NIV)
3. Though not explicitly stated, anger is implied in the attitude and actions of our Lord as He drove the profiteers from God’s House. (Mark 11:15, 17)
4. Anger is somehow involved in our attitudes and treatment of sin. “Be ye angry, and sin not.” (Ephesians 4:26, KJV)
It Is Scriptural To Control Anger:
“A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control” (Prov. 29:11, NIV). On attempting to control our anger, we must realize that each person has the right to his own opinions, and his life should be characterized by dignity and respect. At the same time, and in order to keep things in proper perspective, let us not forget that if Jesus had demanded His “rights,” He wouldn’t have gone to the Cross. There is a fine line of distinction here. The thing to remember is that the Christian must be careful of his responses, remembering that our position may be right but our attitudes wrong.

Anger Is Excessive or Uncontrolled If:

1. It results in out bursts of temper and/or bad language.
2. It results in bitterness, resentment, and hostility (the urge to “get even”).
3. It is spiritually debilitating, causing inner turmoil, unsettles one’s tranquility and sense of well-being. Do I have the feeling that my attitude is displeasing to God or that I am “giving place to the devil” (Ephesians 4:27, KJV)?
4. It results in harm to other people. Does it negatively affect my testimony as others observe my bad responses? Are they victims of those responses?

How Can We Learn to Control Excessive Anger?
1. Try not to interpret everything as a personal offense, oversight, hurt, etc. At the same time, attempt to pinpoint the things that cause you to become excessively angry.
2. Make your attitudes and responses a matter for serious prayer. We ought also to take the irritating behavior of others to the Lord, realizing that God uses people and circumstance to refine our character. One may have many rough edges that need to be filed down!
3. Cultivate the practice of confessing excessive anger as sin. The importance of “immediacy” in this matter of seeking forgiveness is to be interpreted in the words of the Apostle Paul, “Do not let the sun down while you are still angry” (Ephesians 4:26, NIV). Learn to balance the books at least by the end of the day.
4. Realize that the Christian must learn to cope with two natures, each striving for supremacy. We must learn to practice the “put-off,” “put-on” principle of Ephesians 4:22-24 (NIV):
A. “Put-off” the old self which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires (verse 22).
B. “Put-on” the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness (Verse 24).
C. The effect of practicing the “put-off,” “put-on” principle is to “be made new in the attitude of your minds” (verse 23). This is the way to validate 2 Corinthians 5:17.
5. Strive to focus your anger away from yourself to the problems that are causing it.
6. Surrender each day to the Holy Spirit.
“Live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.” (Galatians 5:16, NIV)
7. Let the Word of God permeate your life as you read, study, and memorize it.
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom . . . ” (Colossians 3:16, NIV)

GOOD AND NO SO GOOD ANGER, HOT TEMPER
1. Anger is not in itself sinful.
Ps. 7:11 (God is angry with the wicked.)
1 Kings 11:9. (God was angry with Solomon.)
Mark 3:5. (Jesus was angry with the Pharisees.)
2. Be slow to become angry.
Prov. 14:17. A quick-tempered man does foolish things, and a crafty man is hated.
Prov. 14:29. A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly.
James 1:19-20. My dear brothers, take note of this 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.
3. Love covers a multitude of sins and overlooks many offenses.
Prov. 10:12. Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs.
Prov. 12:16. A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult.
Prov. 17:19. He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
Prov. 19:11 A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.
1 Peter 4:8. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
4. Seek the way of love.
1 Cor. 13:4-5. Love is patient, love is kind. It is not easily angered.
5. Cain’s anger turned into hate and murder.
Gen. 4:3-8
6. Hot words stir up strife.
Prov. 15:1. A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
7. A hot-tempered man creates dissension.
Prov. 15:18. A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel.
8. Do not associate with a hot-tempered man.
Prov. 22:24-25. Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with only easily angered, or you may learn his ways and get yourself ensnared.
9. Control yourself.
Prov. 25:28. Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control.
Prov. 29:22. An angry man stirs up dissension, and a hot-tempered one commits many sins.
Prov. 30:33. For as churning the milk produces butter, and as twisting the nose produces blood, so stirring up anger produces strife.
10. Fits of rage belong to your sinful nature, the way of sin.
Gal. 5:19 -21.

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2 Responses to “A+A=?”

  1. Can I ask: feeling angry (rightly or wrongly) but doing absolutely nothing to act on it, not even scowling, and letting it go at once, is that a sin? Or is it only when you ‘externalize’ your anger that it becomes a problem?

    • it’s only a sin if the response (in any form) is ungodly or carnal, so if you really hack me off and internally I say “I wish you were dead” than I’ve sinned.
      but like any sin, we just need to ask forgiveness.

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