In the book of Ephesians, it says this:
Ephesians 4:26 “In your anger do not sin”
In your anger. That statement presumes that we will get what? Angry. Everyone gets angry. It’s human nature. However, what we do with our anger is what matters.
In our anger we should not sin. If we’re slapping our kids and wife around in anger, we’ve got a problem. If we react to our feelings in such a manner that we’re cussing at people whenever we have a disagreement, we have a problem.
What we do with our anger is what’s going to affect our sobriety. Anger can motivate you to change. You can get angry at the injustice in the world, and do something about it. If you see someone beating a child, your anger can motivate you to stop them. By the same token, you can get angry at the disease of addiction. This anger can motivate a positive change in you. This change can impact your life and the lives of all those who come into contact with you. Your anger doesn’t have to reflect an outward showing of negative emotions.
Handling Anger and Controlling Emotions
Let’s look at Psalms 103:8: The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
God wants us to be like him. He is slow to anger. HE wants us to be slow to anger. When we react impulsively in our anger, we are reacting with the anger of man. But when we slow down, and seek God in the midst of our anger, we listen to God’s still small voice. Then, we can respond in a righteous way, rather than an impulsive, sinful way.
Remember Prov 14:29: People with understanding control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness.
Let’s not be foolish. Let us be slow to anger, and quick to change our negative mindsets. God can help us with anger and controlling emotions.
By Pastor Phil