Sunday, April 15th, 2018
Love... Is Not Easily Angered
Control your temper, for anger labels you a fool.
Ecclesiastes 7:9 (NLT)
Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.
James 1:19-20 (NIV)
There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword,
But the tongue of the wise brings healing.
Proverbs 12:18 (NASB)
Oops. Busted! Less I be labeled a hypocrite, let me confess now: I'm still too easily angered.* I'm better than I was, but not where I want to be. I can't call myself a good example. Yet.
Even worse, Jesus compares anger to murder.** Why? Because an angry person's mouth can 'murder' another person's destiny, as in killing someone's confidence or dreams. God forbid.
Yet the Bible speaks of righteous anger: perhaps defending a victim, protecting God's reputation or addressing great wrongs. That being said, righteous anger is always controlled and never mean-hearted.
God says, '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). Consider:
1. Feeling anger is not a sin, but expressing it can be. Solutions: keep quiet, walk away, pray it up, regain peace and act calmly.
2. Holding onto anger (no matter how justified it may seem) gives place to the devil in your own life: a torturous imprisonment.
## Love Series: Love Is Not Easily Angered (Part 16)
* Two good articles:
* #1) Dealing With Your Anger (Colossians 3:8): https://bible.org/seriespage/lesson-18-dealing-your-anger-colossians-38
* #2) Dealing with Anger...God's Way by Joyce Meyer: https://www.joycemeyer.org/everydayanswers/ea-teachings/dealing-with-anger-gods-way
** 'You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.' But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, 'Raca!' shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, 'You fool!' shall be in danger of hell fire' (Matthew 5:21-22, NKJV).
** Short article: 'Why did Jesus warn against saying the word 'raca' in Matthew 5:22?' https://www.gotquestions.org/raca.html
** Jesus forgives us. Who are we not to forgive others? Only God can judge the severity of a sin: not us.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Love series.