Want to Fight?
“In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.”
“Get rid of all bitterness, RAGE and ANGER, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
- Ephesians 4:26-27 & 31-32
What are some things that make you mad? Is it bad drivers, crying babies, talkers at the movies, bullies, or terrorists? We could go on and on with this list depending on our own personalities and circumstances. When I think of anger I almost instantly think of The Incredible Hulk. That is a guy who needs some serious help with his anger issues. I wonder if we need some help too?
It is interesting to me that the Bible doesn’t call anger a sin, but we can respond the wrong way when we are angry and sin. The basic feeling of anger is a God given emotion that is designed to help us fight injustice, defend the weak and intervene for the less fortunate. Unfortunately, anger too often grows into sins of violence, bad attitudes, hatred, hurtful words, selfishness, and pride.
I have found that there are generally two types of people when it comes to anger: those that implode and those that explode. Both are bad. The exploder (Hulk) often hurts others while the imploders hurt themselves. Let’s say that we do have a problem with anger, now what?
Name it - Be sure you know exactly what you are mad about so we aren’t retaliating for things that are not even the real issue.
Delay it – Walk away, count to ten, exercise or anything else that will help you acting in anger and saying or doing something you regret.
Learn from it – try to understand scenarios that make you angry. Try your best to remove yourself when you see these things happening.
Next time you get angry – name it, delay it , and learn from it. It may be the turning point in your battle against the “inner hulk.”
God, help us to have righteous anger that fights for the less fortunate and abused. Help us to control our anger so that we don’t sin and hurt those close to us. Thank you for helping us each and every day.
Student Life Pastor