“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.” James 1:19-20 KJV
What agitates your soul? What can create in us even a violent reaction? These are the things Satan will cause (and God will allow) in our lives. We just read in James that when we’re angry we can’t live for God. That’s why the evil one will constantly try to get us angry. And God allows it giving us the opportunity to learn how to deal with anger His way.
“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:29-32 KJV
God just told us how to deal with anger. We must be very careful to guard our speech. No corrupt words should proceed out of our mouths. Only what is helpful for edifying. We must be kind and tenderhearted to one another. And forgive each other just as God forgave us. This is the playbook for dealing with anger. Reciting it is one thing, execution is another.
“Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.” Ephesians 4:26-27 KJV
If I told you that those who ignore God’s counsel on how to deal with anger are literally opening up their homes to the Devil you might say I’m going too far. But not according the definition of the word, “PLACE,” in Ephesians 4:27. The word means to give someone a spot, a space, an inhabited place, occupation, a station, opportunity, power, an occasion for acting, etcetera. Do you see why God tells us to avoid anger?
“Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.” Ecclesiastes 7:9 KJV
Have you ever heard someone say, “I’m gonna settle down?” That means they’re looking for a permanent place or situation. That same phrase, “settle down,” is the definition of the word, “RESTETH,” in Ecclesiastes 7:9. Yes, anger, “settles down,” in the BOSOM of fools God says. Now that’s too close for comfort. Just as the Spirit of the Lord can rest upon someone, the spirit of anger (which is Satan) can rest on someone too:
“If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.” 1 Peter 4:14 NIV
We should avoid human anger like the plague it is. Anger gives Satan and his demons a place in our lives to work their misery and destruction.
I believe forgiveness is the greatest antidote to anger. Being able to let things go also shows we have great understanding:
“He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.” Proverbs 14:29 KJV
Do we really understand just how flawed we are and everyone else is around us because of sin? (Psalm 51:5 Romans 3:23) Then should we really expect everything to go so smoothly? For nobody to do anything that upsets us? On the contrary we should expect to be tempted when it comes to anger. We just read that anger gives the Devil a stronghold in our lives. He is the chief enemy of God and his people. So we better expect situations to arise that cause us to get angry. And sometimes we will become angry rightfully so. ‘Become angry but do not sin,’ is what Ephesians 4:26 is saying. Do not act on angry feelings. And do not, DO NOT, let the sun go down while you are still angry. This means you’ve accepted God’s counsel and worked your feelings of anger out quickly. You’re not a fool who has anger residing (living) in his/her bosom. You can forgive. You are operating in the power of Almighty God! And Satan cannot get his paws on you because you obey God’s word. 🙂
“A man’s good sense makes him slow to wrath, and the overlooking of wrongdoing is his glory.” Proverbs 19:11 BBE
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