Ephesians 4:26-27 “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27 nor give place to the devil. (NKJV)
This passage of Scripture tells the reader several things about anger.
Depending on what happens we will experience anger, but we should not allow anger to cause us to sin. The passage then tells the reader to deal with the anger as soon as possible. This passage also includes a warning about how this can be an opportunity for the devil to have influence on how we may act on the anger that we are feeling.
Anger can be a complicated emotion that has profound effects on a person, and can also have an effect on the people around that person. Anger is a feeling that a person can experience without warning at any time. Sometimes we might see anger coming and sometimes we might not, and can be easily caught off guard.
Anger often causes people to act in ways we may not be proud of, and can cause us to make mistakes that will have consequences in our lives that we may regret. Anger can be difficult to control at times, and can develop into madness or uncontrollable rage.
A person experiencing anger may often experience physical effects, such as increased heart rate, elevated blood pressure, and increased levels of adrenaline.
Anger is a way that we can give gratification to the flesh if we are not careful, and if the anger is not dealt with correctly, and in a reasonable amount of time, it can lead to that anger bearing fruit. That fruit can be identified as feelings of anxiety, hurt, despair, rejection, financial loss or broken relationships.
Proverbs 15:1-2 “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.
The way we respond when we get angry can determine if we are allowing anger to control us, or if we are controlling the anger.
Proverbs 16:32 “Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.” (NIV)
Lord Jesus, give your people wisdom to recognize anger when it happens, and strength to control any feelings of the anger they are experiencing, in Jesus name…Amen!
Continuing in His service…Rev