Anger - Are you expressing Anger?
Ephesians 4:31 Get rid of your bitterness, hot tempers, anger, loud quarreling, cursing, and hatred. 32 Be kind to each other, sympathetic, forgiving each other as God has forgiven you through Christ.
Anger 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.
In Genesis 3:4 “You certainly won’t die!” the snake told the woman. 5 “God knows that when you eat it your eyes will be opened. You’ll be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 The woman saw that the tree had fruit that was good to eat, nice to look at, and desirable for making someone wise. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.
Adam and Eve choose pride and to be their own god.
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:
Genesis 4:3 Later Cain brought some crops from the land as an offering to the Lord. 4 Abel also brought some choice parts of the firstborn animals from his flock. The Lord approved of Abel and his offering, 5 but he didn’t approve of Cain and his offering. So Cain became very angry and was disappointed. 6 Then the Lord asked Cain, “Why are you angry, and why do you look disappointed? 7 If you do well, won’t you be accepted? But if you don’t do well, sin is lying outside your door ready to attack. It wants to control you, but you must master it.”
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 Faith led Abel to offer God a better sacrifice than Cain’s sacrifice. Through his faith Abel received God’s approval, since God accepted his sacrifices. Through his faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.
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?
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 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven,saying,“Now The Salvation, power, kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah have come. The one accusing our brothers and sisters, the one accusing them day and night in the presence of our God, has been thrown out. 11 They won the victory over him because of the blood of the lamb and the word of their testimony. They didn’t love their life so much that they refused to give it up. 12 Be glad for this reason, heavens and those who live in them. How horrible it is for the earth and the sea because the Devil has come down to them with fierce anger, knowing that he has little time left.”
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?
Psalm 4:4 Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. 5 Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the Lord.
Ephesians 4:26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity 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?
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 A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs 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 21:24 Don’t hang out with angry people; don’t keep company with hotheads. Bad temper is contagious— don’t get infected.
We are not to be friends with angry people. I can tell you that would have eliminated everyone I knew.
Proverbs 19: 11 A person with good sense is patient, and it is to his credit that he overlooks an offense.
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 Be angry without sinning. Don’t go to bed angry. 27 Don’t give the devil any opportunity to work.
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 You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy; 44 But I tell you, Love your enemies and pray for those who 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.
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