Anger is not a bad thing when it is appropriately handled. 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 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 depressed. 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 could think and judge things. 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 were 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 transform you and uproots anything that is not like God. The right music is a powerful tool to drive out evil spirits, as David did by 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 us.
Read 1 Corinthians 13 every day. Love is true love when 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 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 for you to be truly patient. Love is kind 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 walking in love? To be an overcomer, you have to overcome something. Viewing love in this way will make you do a heart search.
I have seen a tv show called “Snapped.” These women had no prior record, were stand-up citizens, but snapped when their lover had an affair and killed that person. It was their 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 and saw God’s glory 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 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 an excellent example of walking in love after everything 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 a ruler, 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 have 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 the people around me and me. I am 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!