DOING ANGRY WELL
Read: Psalm 4
Key Verse: “In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent.” Psalm 4:4
What makes you angry? How do you manage your anger? Do you ask God to help you respond to your emotions? It is not a sin to experience anger. Jesus was angry, and He never sinned. When you are angry (common examples include while you are driving, playing sports, completing an intense project at work, or wronged by someone close to you), you still have options as to how you want to respond.
Psalm four gives us three important steps to take: 1) Be silent! The words that come out of your mouth when you are angry can easily be sinful. Suddenly what you are saying becomes worse than the first offence you received. Your tongue can take you to low places you never want to be. 2) Search your heart! Make sure your anger is not a result of pride, selfishness, or a false perspective. 3) Do not sin! God says you must forgive other people in the same way God forgives you through Jesus Christ (Ephesians 4:29-32). Calm conversations, based in truth, showered with grace are God’s way of handling conflict. The Holy Spirit can accomplish this peace in your life, even when you are extremely angry.
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