Be Angry but do not Sin
by Deline Tan
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Ephesians 4:26 Ė Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger.
All of us get angry in one way or another. Eph 4:26 tells us that we can be angry, yet we are not to let the sun go down on our anger. Either we choose to remain angry while handling trials and difficulties, or we can choose to remain cool and calm. Our attitudes count as we respond to situations and circumstances that trigger our hot button. V27 admonishes us not to give the devil an opportunity to spark off anger. Are you easily provoked and how do you keep your anger?
Lashing back at our enemies does speak about ourselves. When others wronged us, how do we respond? Eccl 7:9 encourages us not to be easily provoked, for anger resides in the lap of fools. Anger affects our emotions. If it is not dealt with, it leads to sin. Ps 37:8 commands us to refrain from anger and turned from wrath and not fret, for that only lead to evil. Turning from wrath when others wronged us can be a good track for us to tread.
Getting even with our enemies may not be the best attitude. However, we can pray and ask God to help the situation. As we turn to God and ask Him to help us, we can be assured of a higher hand leading us. Putting things into Godís hand is the best control. God can help us to exercise self-control and our emotions will not be affected.
When you feel threatened and oppressed by people, what do you do? First, be bold and courages, and secondly, leave it into Godís hand. Our good heavenly Father will vindicate us. We need to be yielded to Him and allow Him to work out any situation for us because He alone has the answer. We must depend on God and cry out to Him earnestly for our situations and allow Him to prune and mould us. Through trials and difficulties, we will grow if we allow Him to teach and direct us in any conflict.
Developing self-control is a good trademark as it keeps us strong and in control. We develop our character through prayer and Godís Word. As we recognize our weaknesses and cry out to God to change and transform us, we can be assured that God will hear us. The main thing is, do not let the sun go down on your anger. Keep trusting God to prune your character and He will do that if you were to depend on Him.
We need Godís grace to see us through. Many times our situation may be difficult, but God is bigger than our circumstances. We have a big God that can help us. We just need to depend on Him. It is not by might nor by power, but by Godís Spirit that enables us to conquer all trials and difficulties. It is not our intelligence to solve any problem, but it is always the goodness of God that sees us through.
Determining not to sin is our greatest protection against the work of the enemy. We do not allow the devil to scheme against us as we exercise discernment and dependency on God. God will show us what our enemy is up to if we keep in constant touch with Him. The key is, be yielded to Him and you will hear His voice.
Winning a friend is better than winning an argument. Keep your cool and you will never have to fight with people. God will take care of the situation if you trust Him to do that. Gaze your eyes on Jesus and He will help you fit your problems. Do not turn to the left or to the right, but focus on what God can do for you. He will see you through if you pray hard enough.
Anger breeds quarrel and it leads to making enemy. Make peace and be a peacemaker. Make it our aim to unite rather than having dissension. Anger is the result of many murders and unforgiveness, which leads to many other kinds of evil sin. If we allow hatred and frustration to loom at us, we are not building our character on Christ. We are to be witnesses for Him and it is vitally important that we keep a good testimony as to who we are.
It is better to maintain peace than to fight for our rights. Many sins would have been avoided if we were to maintain a Christ-like character. Learn forgiveness and spare others from being in the wrong. As we persistently resist anger, it will flee from us. Keep clear from anger and you will have the sweetest character ever.
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