Welcome to “Avoid Temptation Tuesday”. Every Tuesday I am focusing on one type of sin, because unconfessed sin in our lives affects our prayers. The more we confess our sins to the Lord, the more we can be controlled by the Spirit.
Today we will focus on anger. Anger is an emotion that we feel when something doesn’t go our way or our feelings are hurt by another person. Anger is not always a sin, because both God and Jesus were angry in the Bible. Their anger is a righteous anger as a result of sin in people’s lives. Jesus was angry that the temple was being used as a market to sell animals for sacrifice. In the Old Testament God was angry and judged Israel and many other countries as a result of their sin. Anger becomes a sin when we react in an ungodly way towards someone or we hold a grudge. We also sin when we are angry by the way we speak to people. Sometimes we speak harshly to the person who wronged us, but sometimes we may spew our anger to innocent people who just happen to be in our way. You may have a bad day at work or school, quietly fume at work and then spew our anger on the ones we love at home. The Bible says, “Be angry, and do not sin, do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil” Eph. 4:26-27. This verse says we can be angry, but we need to get over it quickly. If we get angry at someone, we need to learn how to forgive quickly and not talk harshly to them.
Below are 10 Verses on Anger. If you have a problem with anger, then confess it as sin to the Lord. Ask for his strength to help you forgive. If you have spoken harsh words to anyone as a result of your anger, then you must go to that person and make things right. They may choose to be unforgiving, but their response is not your concern. You are only required to ask for forgiveness. Their reaction is between them and God. You must forgive even if you have been wronged. The Lord says we are not to seek revenge, but allow Him to do this in His timing. We are only responsible for our own sin and not the sin of others. Even if your relationship is not restored, you will have a clear conscience with the Holy Spirit, because you have chosen to do the right thing. Do not let anger fester inside of you. Unresolved anger can lead to unforgiveness, bitterness, hatred, divorce or even murder.
10 Bible Verses on Anger
- Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Gal 5:19-21 (NKJV)
- But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, Col 3:8-10 (NKJV)
- Make no friendship with an angry man, and with a furious man do not go, lest you learn his ways and set a snare for your soul. Prov 22:24-25 (NKJV)
- So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. James 1:19-20 (NKJV)
- Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Romans 12:19-20 (NKJV)
- Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil. Eph 4:26-27 (NKJV)
- He who is slow to wrath has great understanding,
But he who is impulsive exalts folly. Prov 14:29 (NKJV)
- A soft answer turns away wrath,
But a harsh word stirs up anger. Prov 15:1 (NKJV)
- The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger,
And his glory is to overlook a transgression. Prov 19:11 (NKJV)
- An angry man stirs up strife,
And a furious man abounds in transgression. Prov 29:22 (NKJV)
If you would like to learn more about anger, then check out this sermon series http://www.yourchurch.com/sermon/the-reason-anger-is-treason/ by Mark Vroegop. My picture is taken from their website by Mark Vroegop. © College Park Church – Indianapolis, Indiana. www.yourchurch.com.