|Let everyone be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. James 1:19-20.|
Anger is a strong passion and feeling of displeasure by which we register our disapproval of the offensive behaviors of others. It is not out of place to express your displeasure but it could be disastrous if you subject your life to the control of anger. Anger has ruined many destinies. Don’t let it ruin yours or that of others through your actions. Being a good person with a bad temper spells doom. It is to your advantage to keep the emotion of anger in check by the life transforming power of God’s Word. If you are given to anger, your time to rise above it starts now. You have the mind of Christ; you can do all things through Christ that empowers you.
The Word of God says “An angry man stirs up strife, and a hot-tempered and undisciplined man commits many transgressions.” Anger exposes you to all kinds of trouble. It does not work the righteousness of God; instead you sin against God and lose the respect of those who witness your outbursts. Proverbs 16:32 says,” He who is slow to anger is better and more honorable than the mighty, and he who rules and controls his own spirit, than he who captures a city. It is honorable to be disciplined. Even your safety largely depends on your self-control. Under the influence of anger, regrettable decisions with very painful consequences could be made.
Those who are given to anger often lose friends and relationships that would have advanced their lives. Proverbs 22:24-25 admonishes you not to even associate with a man given to angry outbursts or go along with a hot-tempered man or you will learn his undisciplined ways and get yourself trapped in a situation from which it is hard to escape. It is usually the bad that corrupts good behaviors. God doesn’t want you relating with an ill-tempered individual so you don’t pick up his angry traits. In Christ you have the ability to win over anger and other negative emotions. See yourself through the Word. Reckon yourself dead to anger. Declare that the fruit of the Holy Spirit is dominating your life. Patience, meekness, temperance are all within your spirit. Your life is for the glory of God. Keep confessing God’s Word over your life until you completely enforce your victory over anger!
PRAYER: In the name of Jesus, I rise above anger. The life of Christ is at work in me and I live henceforth to the praise and glory of God. FURTHER STUDY: Proverbs 14:29, Proverbs 15:18.