A Question Of Anger
Author: Mike Schroeder
Posted By: Rick Billings
On: Nov 02, 2014
Category: Christian Living
Is anger right or wrong? Compare: Ephesians 4:31 “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, will all malice.” Psalm 37:8 “Cease from anger, and forsake wrath...” Psalm 4:4 “Be angry and do not sin.” Ephesians 4:26 “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.” It seems that it is at times appropriate to be angry, but be careful not allow it to become sinful. It becomes sinful when allowed to turn into bitterness, hate, and resentfulness in allowing Satan to have advantage over us. Jesus became angry many times which caused him to react, yet without sinning.
Anger then is an emotion which is neutral; that is, it is neither right nor wrong. But as an emotion it must be dealt with properly and not hidden. Carlson wrote “The inability to sense feelings of hurt, along with the resultant anger and the inability to deal with these feelings constructively, is the cause of many physical and emotional symptoms.”
Anger is the bodies way of saying “I’ve been hurt.” With the above Scripture in mind we must say:
1. Listen to anger, but do not submit to it.
2. Look beyond anger to what is needed. Anger doesn’t know.
3. Let controlled anger motivate you to do what is right. Don’t let anger control you.
Anger, therefore, is an emotion which we must learn to control, but we must also learn to vent without doing wrong or being hurtful to another.