We have all had the experience while riding our bike, or driving a car, where another driver cuts us off and nearly causes an accident, or in some cases does cause us to crash, or causes someone we love to crash. We all know what happens right after we get over the surprise. We get angry. And perhaps we have a brother who bottles up their anger, someone we know that gets very angry when they drink too much because they have all this anger inside.
We all have times in our life when we get angry, but whether you are a christian or not, the Bible give us some truths about what anger does in our lives, and what it does is not good.
Ephesians 4:26-27 “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.”
When we get angry, we start the process of giving up control of ourselves, the process of turning over our will to evil and destruction. Our anger may be justified, and it may be an understandable response to something someone has done to us. But if we allow our anger to build up, out of control, it will lead us to an end result that is far worse than the thing that made us angry in the first place.
Ephesians 4:31 “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.”
Proverbs 29:11 “Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.”
Proverbs 19:11 “A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.”
Ok, let’s step back from the edge of the cliff for a moment. The Moments I prepare for you are intended to be encouraging, and this Moment is no different, but what I am about to tell you is that there is only one solution for my anger and yours. Everything else leads to failure.
The only way to get rid of your anger is to turn it over to God and ask Him to heal you and to bring your anger under His All Mighty control. Every other solution to my anger requires that I resolve to contain my rage. I have to do it myself. And if I can’t do it it won’t get done. I will just continue to be angry and continue to vent my rage, and continue to let evil be in control during those times when I get angry.
So, there you have it, the good news and the bad news. You can try to handle anger yourself, and fail. Or you can humble yourself before God and realize that only He has the power to heal you from this devastating sickness called anger.
I for one want the easy and only way out, how about your?