Anger is not a bad thing when it is handled properly. Ephesians 4:26 in the Amplified Version says it best: BE ANGRY [at sin—at immorality, at injustice, at ungodly behavior], YET DO NOT SIN; do not let your anger [cause you shame, nor allow it to] last until the sun goes down.
Healthy anger is being angry at injustice and ungodly behavior that is destroying people, which provokes us to take a stand. Unhealthy anger is everything that irritates you and provokes you to anger, holding things in until you explode. going to bed angry, or depression. My Aunt Mary mentioned that a person’s teaching she listened to said that depression is anger turned inward. We have to confront issues. She has taught me how to be confrontational, to express to someone when they have hurt me, whether it was intentional or not. Talk to a godly counselor, friend, or mentor to deal with your anger.
I observed that when my dad got angry, he would take a drive until he was able to think and judge things clearly. It is also good to write things down and read them out. I would do that and the Holy Spirit would correct me if it was out of line. I vent to God a lot and it has helped me like David would cry out and let God know his current state of mind. Also, praise and worship transforms you and uproots anything that is not like God. The right music is a powerful tool to drive out evil spirits, like David did with playing music for Saul. The wrong type of music can provoke evil behavior. James 1:19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. If we mess up, repent and ask God to help you.
Read 1 Corinthians 13 every day. Love isn’t really love until it is tested. It is easy to love someone that loves you back. I learned a valuable lesson at 16 years of age. At the place I worked for as a summer job, I gave someone 10 dollars and she gave me 10 dollars back the same day. It came to me that I really didn’t give anything because I got it right back. 1 Corinthians 13 says love is patient, which means your patience has to be tested in order for you to be truly patient. Love is kind means when someone is mean to you, you remain kind. Love is not easily angered; there was an opportunity for you to get angry but you controlled yourself. Start viewing 1 Corinthians 13 in that way and ask yourself am I really walking in love? To be an overcomer you have to overcome something. Viewing love in this way will really make you do a heart search.
I have seen a tv show called “Snapped.” These were women who had no prior record, were stand up citizens, but snapped when their lover had an affair and killed that person. It was their a first offense. That is how dangerous not dealing with anger properly is. My Aunt Mary told me about Moses and how he had an anger problem. He parted the Red Sea, was a man of God who got instruction from God, a man who seen the glory of God, but had an anger problem. Moses in the bible disobeyed God and struck the rock when God told Moses to speak to the rock in Numbers 20. Moses was angry with the people because they were disobedient. Because of his anger God told him he would not go into the Promised Land. In Exodus 2, Moses watched his people get beaten by an Egyptian and forced labor on them. When Moses got a chance alone with him, he beat him to death. He hid the Egyptian man’s body in the sand. Someone saw him and Moses ran to keep from getting murdered.
Certain people can test you more than others. We as believers must examine ourselves daily. Joseph in Genesis Chapters 37-50 is a great example of walking in love after all the things his family did to him. He was thrown in prison for something he didn’t do, but still operated his gift. He went from the bottom to the top. He went from being a slave to being a ruler; he was a prisoner to a free man. Joseph kept focusing on God and the purpose he had for him. He remained in love and helped his family during a famine even after his brothers sold him into slavery.
Keep out of danger and handle the anger!
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the love you shown us by sending your Son Jesus to die on the cross to save me from sin and death. God, I repent for allowing anger to control me. I examine myself daily concerning living a life of love. I get angry at the devil , injustice and evil causing destruction. I will not be overcome by evil, but I overcome evil with good. I pray for those who spitefully use me and say evil about me. Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do. I let my life of love transform me and the people around me. I overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony. I am an overcomer because I overcome every evil done to me and let my life be a living testimony of your goodness and glory. In Jesus name. Amen!