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Anger – Are you expressing Anger?

Ephesians 4:31 KJV Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

anger, expressing angerAnger is common to man. Everyone has anger. However, anger does not stand alone there are other emotions involved. So how did man become godless, full of doubt, fear, insecurity, and anger? The world blames parents, environment, life issues, and so on. The truth is everyone is born knowing how to pitch fits.

Adam and Eve lived in a perfect environment. There was no sin, which means they did not deal with what we deal with today. But when put to the test they failed and they began to feel emotions connected to sin.

Genesis 3:4 KJV And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

Adam and Eve choose pride and to be their own god.

Genesis 3:7-13 we find shame, fear, and blame. Adam and Eve were ashamed so they tried to cover themselves. They were afraid when the Lord came to walk with them. They blamed others when ask why they sinned.

Where did these emotions lead?

Genesis 4 is the first record of anger and the anger lead to murder. Cain could have made a different choice. In Genesis 4 God tells Cain:

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Genesis 4:3 KJV And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. 4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering: 5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. 6 And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? 7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

We see God’s mercy, love, grace, and guidance to not sin. We see more emotion attached to anger, which is disappointment and rejection. Cain ignored all of what God said and remained angry. Why? He was disappointed that God did not accept him or his offering.

Why didn’t God accept Cain’s offering?

Hebrews 11:4 KJV By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

Abel offered to God in faith, Cain did not. Cain wanted God to accept him on his own terms. God warned Cain that sin was crouching at his door wanting to control him, but God said Cain must master it.

What is the door?

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It is our heart, mind, and will. It is our responsibility to get rid of anger and to walk away from sin. This shows the importance of worshipping God in spirit and truth.

Who stirs up our natural bent towards anger?

Revelation 12:10 KJV And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. 12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

This is the same Satan who caused Eve to doubt God’s Word, to desire to be her own god, and to act upon what she saw and thought was good instead of obeying God’s command. Satan, the devil, is still using the same pattern. He is the accuser of Christians. He causes strife and division in everything he touches because he is fiercely angry.

How do we let Satan, the devil, in?

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Psalm 4:4 KJV Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.

Ephesians 4:26 KJV Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 27 Neither give place to the devil.

Anger is how Satan is allowed into our life. Anger is not the sin, the sin is when we hold anger against someone. Then anger takes a hold of us and has a life of it’s own, which grows roots of bitterness. Eventually anger is not what we do, it becomes who we are. Doubt, fear, blame and anger are a part of our fallen nature. We do not have to be taught to lie, blame others, or pitch fits.

I want to stop and say here that there are horrific injustices that are done to children and people everyday. I know those who, by society’s viewpoint, have every right to be angry. When children are abused and mistreated it alters their outlook on everything. I know from experience God is the only way out of anger. God is the only One Who is able to fill a black heart full of anger and hate with love, mercy, and forgiveness.

How do we escape sinning when angry?

To escape, we do not hang on to believing we have the right to be angry. We stop looking at the injustice done to us and we start looking at the injustice we are doing to others. We must choose to go to God in prayer, trust Him to help us and believe He is a good and just God. Though the mantra of the world is “I’m a good person” that is not truth. Psalm 14:2-3, Luke 18:19, Romans 3:10-12 tells the world no one is good but God.

God’s way of handling anger

Proverbs 15:1 KJV A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

Our natural response is to attack back with words that are harsh but God says to answer softly and control our anger.

Psalm 22:24 KJV For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard.

We are not to be friends with angry people. I can tell you that would have eliminated everyone I knew.

Proverbs 19: 11 KJV The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.

We do not allow anger to push us into ungodly words or actions and we do not avenge the wrong. Anger does not kill the other person it kills you.

Ephesians 4:26 KJV Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 27 Neither give place to the devil.

Can We Escape Anger

We are going to be angry. We are not to use the anger as an excuse to act or speak ungodly. How do we respond to our anger, we let it go. We do not wait for the other side to apologize or stop treating us badly, we leave those who are angry and we persist that God takes our anger, resentment, bitterness, pride, self pity and all other destructive feelings and put rest, peace, and stability in our heart. God will show you in scripture why you are not sleeping well.

When you choose God by faith, you will know “ I am accepted and loved”. Do not go to bed night after night and go over how angry you are and how you would like to hurt the other person. When we do this, it opens the door for Satan (devil) to work in our mind and heart. Satan has one goal with that opportunity, to steal, kill, and destroy you. Cain was angry, he ignored God’s call for him to obey in faith, and Satan used his anger to entice him to murder his brother.

Jesus raises the bar on this

Matthew 5:43 KJV Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

Where is the power to act upon God’s Word

Chapters 14, 15, and 16 in the book of John tell us the Holy Spirit is our strength. Chapter 5 in Galatians tells us the Holy Spirit gives us self-control. Through Christ we have “crucified our flesh and its godless desires”. Through the Holy Spirit we have strength and self-control.

This means we are not able on our own to achieve this command. We must be surrendered to and controlled by the Holy Spirit.

As the world turns from God, the world is going to become more and more angry. Not only angry as a right but will have hate for Christians who shine the Light of Jesus Christ.

When you become angry remember you do not have to allow it to destroy you. Learn how to have hope when you are discouraged.

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