Anger: A feeling of sudden and strong displeasure and antagonism directed against the cause of an assumed wrong or injury.
Devotion for Anger
Anger is a completely natural reaction to any deserved or undeserved pain inflicted by another person, and even more so when it is inflicted by a loved one. Harsh words spoken, the bills are piling up, with no money to pay them, squabbling children, our spouse yelling at us and many other things can make us angry. The problem is, as Christians, we are not to be walking guided by our natural flesh, but rather guided by God’s word and the Holy Spirit.
Often anger is accompanied by resentment and indignation. After all, many times, we don’t deserve the pain we are enduring. The task is not how to obtain retribution, but through spiritual strength and wisdom from God, the task is: “What do we do with the anger?”
Anger is very real, and will not just go away, even if we do our best to ignore it. God’s word is very clear; anger is not our friend. Matthew 12:37 says, “For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” If we truly believed this, we would inspect our words more closely before releasing them. When we get into arguments, the whole body suffers. Anger, hostility and frustration in large doses can actually make the body ill. There are no winners after an argument. Both have damaged the other with words meant to injure and inflict pain, which they do so effectively. Psalms 45:1 says that our tongue is the pen of a ready writer. What do you want to write with that pen?
When children get into an argument, they may lose their best friend for a day or two. However, children have a way of remembering the good things about their friend and they start to miss them. Usually, after an hour or so, they can’t even remember why they were fighting. Rather than concentrating on the bad, they just know they miss their friend and reconcile quickly.
As adults, we seem to lose this ability. It takes us longer to forgive others and we may never forget a wrong. We have a harder time seeing the good in the other person, concentrating on the supposed evil done. Our relationships are more complicated, because we make them so. We damage more relationships permanently, because we cannot control our anger. We are so determined to have the other person agree with our way of thinking, that we will push it at any cost! Thereby, damaging and sometimes losing cherished relationships forever.
We know that anger, not dealt with, can become a much bigger problem that can lead to emotional, as well as physical health problems. Our natural impulse is to act immediately to defend ourselves. However, instead of a hasty response, we need to pause and take time to seek God. With the Holy Spirit and God’s word as our guide, we can successfully work through the anger.
I love what Kenneth Copeland said; “Don’t become an emotional bookkeeper, keeping careful accounts of the wrongs you have suffered. Learn to forgive and forget. It will open a whole new world of blessing for you.” I’ve heard it said, that Christians are the only representation of God the world really has. Our response to anger should not be the same as a non-believer. If it were, why would the world need God? How we behave as God’s children, reflects God’s very nature to the world. What are we reflecting to the world? Are we reflecting anger, resentment and bitterness, or are we reflecting love and forgiveness? Forgiveness is waiting on the other side of anger, if we are willing to take the time to find it.
James 1:19-20 My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.
Ephesians 4:26-27 “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.
Proverbs 15:1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Proverbs 14:29 A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly.
Proverbs 16:32 Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.
Romans 12:19-21 Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary; “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
Ephesians 4:31-32 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 Christ God forgave you.
Matthew 5:22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother Raca (fool), is in danger of the fire of hell.
Proverbs 14:16-17 A wise man fears the Lord and shuns evil, but a fool is hotheaded and reckless. A quick-tempered man does foolish things and a crafty man is hated.
Colossians 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these; anger, rage, malice, slander and filthy language from your lips.
Proverbs 15:18 A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel.
Proverbs 17:14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.
Proverbs 4:4 In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds search your hearts and be silent. Selah
Proverbs 22:24-25 Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn his ways and get yourself ensnared.
I Timothy 2:8 I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.
I Corinthians 13:4-5 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is proud. It is not rude, it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Psalms 37:8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret, it only leads to evil.
Psalms 30:4-5 Sing to the Lord, you saints of his; praise his holy name. For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
Micah 7:18 Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of inheritance? You do not stay angry forever, but delight to show mercy.
Exodus 34:6 And he (God) passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness….”