Go ahead and be angry. You do well to be angry - but don't use your anger as fuel for revenge. And don't stay angry. Don't go to bed angry. Don't give the Devil that kind of foothold in your life. Ephesians 4:26-27 MSG
Thoughts for Today
Anger: right or wrong? The answer is that anger is right ... but it can be wrong. Anger is God-given emotional energy designed for good. The expression of this anger-produced energy can lead to sin - but it doesn't have to. With God's help, we can control our thoughts and actions.
The Bible tells of many times when anger was a positive force for good. Moses' anger when the Israelites worshipped idols resulted in their repentance (Exodus 32:19-35). Jesus' anger motivated him to clear abusers from his Father's temple (Luke 19:48-48).
Our anger can be a positive force as well. Appropriate anger at our children's wrong behaviors can motivate us as parents to exert firm but loving discipline. Anger against injustices and wrongdoing in our communities can motivate us to do something positive about the situation.
Our anger can also lead to sinful acts of selfishness, unkindness or even aggression. It's our responsibility to use our anger-induced energy in positive ways - even if it's just walking around the block to cool off.
The next time you feel angry, remember that it doesn't have to be a bad thing. It's your choice.
Father, forgive me for the times I've used my anger in sinful ways instead of as a positive force. Help me control my thoughts and actions and to use my anger in positive ways. In Jesus' name ...
These thoughts adapted from...
Anger: Our Master or Our Servant by Larry Heath. This study offers a clear explanation of anger, what causes it, and how to recognize when you are sinning with anger. This not only ministers to church members but serves as a powerful evangelistic tool. This curriculum is suggested for support and grief recovery groups, substance abuse groups, marriage groups and retreats, men's groups, adolescent support groups and prison study groups.
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