Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, October 3rd, 2020
Acting School 2020: Anger's Proper Place
Be angry, and do not sin: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.
Ephesians 4:26-27 (NKJV)
An angry man stirs up strife, and a furious man abounds in transgression.
Proverbs 29:22 (NKJV)
Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, for anger rests in the bosom of fools.
Ecclesiastes 7:9 (NKJV)
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret--it only causes harm.
Psalm 37:8 (NKJV)
Then the Lord said, 'Is it right for you to be angry?'
Jonah 4:4 (NKJV)
Anger's proper place is with God: not man. For mortals, it's a potato too hot to handle. After we throw it around, we nurture it. We put it in a pot to simmer.

As steam rises, Satan fans the flame. With improper encouragement, our saucepan of sores erupts--becoming a cauldron of contempt.

I've been challenged by anger since childhood. Before I surrendered to Christ, I prayed to God for self-control. But the Power of transformation was missing.

Now I'm a new creation. Even so, 'old Carey' can rise from the grave like a scene in Night of the Living Dead.

I thank God for His patience. As for my old self? I'm learning that surrender is a daily process, and self-control is fueled by the Holy Spirit.

Consider two Bible heroes with anger issues: Moses and Jonah. Even with unholy provocation (an insufferable congregation in the time of Moses and the evil Assyrian empire in the time of Jonah), anger is not God's answer.

Only He knows the end from the beginning. Only He is perfectly controlled. Only He is 'Merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy' (Psalm 103:8). Because He remains 'Ready to pardon' (Nehemiah 9:17).

In the world's most extreme case of unrighteousness, Jesus told us how to act. He brought the lesson home with a Personal demonstration on the Cross: forgiveness.

Because He forgave us everything, we can forgive others anything - and so we must.

## Acting School 2020: Anger's Proper Place (Part 18)

NOTE: This is a 2020 edit of a 2014 Shine Devotion series, ...Acting School.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Every disciple in every field performs for Christ. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Acting School 2020 series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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