Over the past few weeks I have been having to deal with an anger issue with myself. I was angry with myself. things had come to life that showed a good deal of pride hidden away inside me. Generating actions that worked against me and my goals. Frankly I was shocked and was angry at myself for being that way. Yet when I tried to change things I felt like I was dragging my feet. Like I was still resisting doing what I knew should be done. And that just made me angrier.
The whole thing kind of built up into a crescendo of situations and raging emotions, all inside myself. I don’t know if any of you have ever experienced anything like this. I hope not. But if so or on the case you might I thought I would post my thoughts on this.
Anger is shown in the word to be a tool to help you keep from sinning.
(Eph 4:26) Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
We can use anger to combat our sinful natures and lusts. God hates sin and we need to learn to hate it as well. Being angry at ourselves for some sin that we have discovered is natural and we can use it to put the sin away. But note that we are not to let that anger survive past the day. It must be put away with the sin not allowed to simmer.
You see if you allow sin to simmer it turns on you and robs you of your ability to forgive your self. It eats away at your peace of mind and literally robs you of your faith. The thought usually goes something like how can God forgive me when I have this sin hidden away inside me.
You must repent and forgive your self because once you do then the sacrifice of Christ kicks in and God no longer even sees your sin it is blotted out by the blood of Christ.
The word of God is full of good advice on dealing with anger. For instance the very next verse says that we are not to give place to the devil;
(Eph 4:27) Neither give place to the devil.
Holding on to anger, even so called righteous anger or indignation can give place for the devil to cause us harm. Notice the commands to put away anger from our lives.
Eph_4:31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
Col_3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
Brethren take a close look at the “Love Chapter” in 2 Corinthians 13 and notice how we are to express love;
1Co 13:4 Love is patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud;
1Co 13:5 love is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable; love does not keep a record of wrongs;
1Co 13:6 love is not happy with evil, but is happy with the truth.
1Co 13:7 Love never gives up; and its faith, hope, and patience never fail.
The 4 verses above show us how love is expressed. the word tells us to do unto others as we would have them do unto us. How can we do that if we do not love ourselves. We were called by God Himself to a glorious calling. It was not a light thing, God believed that with His Spirit we can rise to the occasion so to speak to walk worthy of that calling. We must forgive ourselves and lean on God. Let the anger drain away and give it to God truly to help us perform what is needed.
1Co 13:8 Love is eternal. There are inspired messages, but they are temporary; there are gifts of speaking in strange tongues, but they will cease; there is knowledge, but it will pass.
1Co 13:9 For our gifts of knowledge and of inspired messages are only partial;
1Co 13:10 but when what is perfect comes, then what is partial will disappear.
1Co 13:11 When I was a child, my speech, feelings, and thinking were all those of a child; now that I am an adult, I have no more use for childish ways.
Anger shows spiritual immaturity. We must never let anger rule in our hearts and minds. Here is a quotation from a science fiction movie called “DUNE”:
“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”
I suggest we alter it this way:
I must not hold onto anger. Anger is a mind-killer. Anger is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my anger. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye of my mind to see its path. Where the anger has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
Never let something you have done or something that has been done to you cause you to hold onto anger it truly is a mind killer and will destroy those who keep it close, who refuse to let it go..
1Co 13:12 What we see now is like a dim image in a mirror; then we shall see face-to-face. What I know now is only partial; then it will be complete—as complete as God’s knowledge of me.
The future will always make things clearer. Anger will never make things clearer it only muddies the water and makes it even more difficult to apply the love that God’s Spirit has spread abroad in our hearts. – Rom_5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
13:13 Meanwhile these three remain: faith, hope, and love; and the greatest of these is love.
Anger should never be given a place in the lives of a Christian. It must be allowed to pass through us, we must always let go of it quickly and let God deal with whatever has caused it to come upon us.
Something else we should probably think about. In this ERA of God’s Called Out Ones, there is an overriding lukewarm spirit. Remember Anger can be used to fight sin as long as we don’t hang on to it. But many in Laodicea have become so lackadaisical that they can’t even get angry. Hot or cold is ok brethren God can deal with those attitudes. But lukewarm is making God almighty angry.
Heb 10:31 It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God!
Listen for the Knock of Jesus Christ. Be prepared to open the doors to your hearts and minds by becoming zealous and repentant. He is there to prepare us for what is coming soon!
Rev 3:19 I rebuke and punish all whom I love. Be in earnest, then, and turn from your sins.
Rev 3:20 Listen! I stand at the door and knock; if any hear my voice and open the door, I will come into their house and eat with them, and they will eat with me.