By Georgia (Jo) Kent
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31-32
Anger is not inherently evil. It is what we do in our anger that makes all the difference. Hurt pride, self-pity, failure, jealousy, resentment, rejection, bitterness are all the fruits of anger. Unbridled anger can be such a damaging emotion to you and to others. Harboring anger often allows you to lose control of your emotions. Never let anger turn into hatred or bitterness. If you do, you will be far away from God’s will. You may not be able to change your situation, but, you can change yourself. Anger can devastate marriages, separate children and parents, and poison close relationships. That’s why the apostle Paul encouraged believers to deal with anger quickly—before it could take a toll on their lives.
“In your anger do not sin”; Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. Ephesians 4:26-27
Like a sore festering on our bodies, so is unforgivness in our hearts. Anger leaves a gaping wound in our heart. Instead of attending to it, we leave it open. We want the world to see what was done to us. We have the need to vindicate our anger. Each time we look at what made us angry, our anger grows. Anger can destroy us from without and within. It can simmer quietly for years inside of us or quickly turn into uncontrollable rage. In almost every circumstance when we allow our emotions to grow into anger we lash out at others who have insulted or injured us. Then we are guilty of doing the very same thing that they did to us that caused our own anger to explode and we are left feeling worse then we felt before we exploded.
“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4: 32
Our world is full of injustice, hurt, and rejection. People cut us off on the highway, betray our confidence hurt our feelings and harm those we love. It’s impossible for us to avoid all the causes of anger. Letting Anger go can only happen from a growing a mature relationship with Christ. How you handle anger is directly related to how you understand your relationship with Christ. We can choose to respond to this powerful emotion in a way that will honor the Lord. When the Holy Spirit enables you to extend forgiveness to others, you will enjoy the supernatural peace and joy that God desires for all His children. Remember this important point; God uses people and circumstances to improve your character. So, make the most of your harsh circumstances, and surrender yourselves to Christ as Lord.
Lord, you are the Creator of our emotions and we turn them over to You. When we are angry, give us the desire to rise above self, and give us the strength and grace to forgive. In your precious name, Amen.”