Anger. We all experience it. Out of us and towards us. Sometimes I really want anger to be ok… and here’s the thing: sometimes it is. It’s just not when the anger is self-seeking–when the anger makes me right in the end.
Anger is a tactic of the enemy when our minds and hearts are far from Christ, the Holy Spirit and His Word. There is such a thing as righteous anger—Jesus Himself got angry like this.
It’s important to note that we think in terms of good and bad but Jesus doesn’t. He talks about things in terms of light and dark. That means there are various shades of gray. Multiple things factor into anger, so it is not black and white—it’s very much a shade of gray.
So the matter at hand is not whether or not we get angry… it’s a matter of if we can do anger well.
“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 (NIV)
Anger is defined as a strong feeling of displeasure or hostility. To make angry; enrage or provoke. As we dive into this topic of anger today I want you to take a step back and examine your heart and mind. Can you sit in that strong feeling of displeasure and not sin? Is it possible for the enemy to use others around you to provoke you into sin and for you to rise up against it? Because here’s the thing: the longer we let the enemy convince us that our anger is untouchable and “we are just this way,” the longer we are giving him a foothold in our lives. And the longer we do that, the farther we stay from knowing the fullness of the Savior on this side of Glory.
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