How to Deal with Anger
Have you ever seen or experienced something painful and wrong, so the natural reaction was anger? We all have.
What did you do with that anger? Did you act upon it in an unhealthy way? Did you lash out? Did you slander someone? Did you gossip? Did you get revenge?
The Bible tells us, "Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil" (Eph. 4:26-27).
Paul says it's okay to be angry. It's a God-given emotion. God experiences righteous anger, but God never reacts. God acts perfectly.
So when we feel angry, there's a reason for it. Sometimes it's justified. And other times it's not. It's pride. But when we experience anger, we should, as Paul says, don't act sinfully because of it.
Instead, we should stop, address the issue, and lay it aside. Because when we don't deal with it. When we hold onto anger and bitterness, we're giving Satan a real opportunity to influence us to sin.
The next time you experience anger, ask, "Why? What should I do with it?" Then ask God to help you deal with it and move on.
Text in Context: Read Ephesians 4:17-32.
Reflect: How do the mind, heart, and soul influence a non-believer's actions? How should Christ impact our actions? How does someone "put off" your old self and "put on" your new self? What should show people around you this reality? How does your mouth reflect the new self?
Respond: How have you put on the new self? Where have you not put off your old self? How is anger still negatively influencing you? What can you today to live as your new self?
Prayer: Father, thank you for your mercy and grace. Thank you for loving me regardless of my behavior. Help me to act in accordance with who I am through your Son. I love you, God.