Thomas E. Kittrell
Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: (Ephesians 4:26 KJV.)
All of us get angry at times. Some of us are known for our "quick tempers". We used to call it "flying off the handle". When an axe blade got loose on its handle it would go flying off. This could be dangerous to anyone nearby. Anger out of control can also be dangerous, not only to ourselves, but to others, as well. Uncontrolled anger can lead to all kinds of malice, including murder.
Anger in itself is not a sin. There is a righteous anger. Jesus became angry when the moneychangers were using the temple for profit and greed. He drove them out because they were dishonoring the Heavenly Father. People get angry when an injustice is done someone. Anger becomes a sin when it is unchecked and allowed to get out of control. Anger should not develop into hate. The Bible warns us not to sin as a result of our anger.
"Let not the sun go down upon your wrath" is a safeguard against anger leading to sin in our lives. When we control our anger, and forgive, we can sleep well at night. One danger of letting the sun go down upon our wrath is that when it is night we are usually still and quiet. That is when, as we have more time to dwell on what made us angry, we are in the most danger of taking our feelings to the extreme. Have you ever heard someone say, "The more I thought about it, the madder I got?"
Finally, our anger can lead us to do or say something we will regret later. Anger has a way of expressing itself in harsh words. It has a way of expressing itself in a desire to harm the one who made us angry. Anger likes to lash out and retaliate. Love is more powerful than anger, so let us allow our love for others to overrule our anger and bitterness. We will certainly sleep better and wake up more refreshed.
Copyright © 2006 Thomas E. Kittrell
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I am glad you posted this piece Thomas.We must keep our emotions under subjection to the spirit.I cannot think of one person I know who isn't guilty of flying off the handle or stewing over what made them mad (except Jesus of course) Many terrible things happen becuase of anger.Thank you for this reminder.