by Christian Coutts
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Weekly Article (Week 3)
It is confirmed there is a string of thoughts and ideas in regards to the articles the Lord is allowing me to write. Universal subjects that affect the hearts of every Christian. This week's article is no different. I am no better or worse than any other follower of Christ. I experience the same emotions and feelings that every other person on the planet. In fact, this week subject is one in which I should be an expert. It is one of my close and personal battles even before my salvation. So trust me when I say that I have done extensive research on anger. Hopefully, this article is not a collection of short stories regarding my "hulk" flashes over the years. I wish this article to show the commonality of anger and that there are times to be angry and what to do and/or not do when you are angry.
Topic: Anger with a dash of Joy:
Even before I begin this topic I am angry. I am angry at my lack of planning and preparation, my time management, and angry at let my frustration evolve into anger. So how to deal with situation as a believer.
I will start by saying God is good all the time, regardless of our current situation, our aches, our pains, and our suffering. Even (especially) in these type of times God is good. He will use all situations for the good of those who believe on him.
Looking at anger in a topic research and you will find Genesis 4:6&7(NLT)"Why are you angry?" The Lord asked Cain. "Why do you look so dejected? You will be accepted if you do what is right, But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master." Wow. Genesis and God asks why are you angry. Anger goes back that far back.
God identifies that feeling that is revealing itself in the heart of Cain. A combination of frustration and jealousy boiled into this new emotion that was already starting to affect him. God saw it and asked, "Why are you angry?" then He goes on to tell Cain "Watch out!, sin is crouching at the door eager to control you." God summed it up right there. Anger is what you are feeling in your heart and if you're not careful and get control of it, it will take control of you. Sadly, it is demonstrated as you read further and find the first murder. Cain's anger control him and led him to murder his own brother.
I know what you're thinking. I don't get that mad...it's more like frustrated... I know because that is what I tell myself as I'm getting ready to boil over and let anger lead me to stupidity.
I found a reference in Gen4:7 that led to Ephesians 4:26-27(NLT)"And "don't sin by letting anger control you." Don't let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil" That is Paul pretty much telling the new children of the Lord what Our Father told His first children. This verse is translated as "be angry, but do not sin" in other Bibles.
If you conduct a search of the Bible using the words anger and angry you will find that it is in almost every single chapter. It is so prevalent because it is prevalent among us. Our bodies still have the capacity to sin and therefore has the capacity to be angry (allowing the devil to get a foothold or allowing sin to control us).
There is a time and place for everything. God gave us a full range of emotions that imitate His emotions. You will find that God and Jesus both display anger in the Bible. Just read the Old Testament if you want to know about the anger and wrath of God. What I want you to see is that being angry is not always a bad thing. It does not always take control of you.
Jesus became angry with the money changers in the temple in Matthew 21:12. He was angry with his disciples when they come back unsuccessful because of their unbelief. Jesus experienced anger, but He did not sin. He was able to control and use it for what is designed, to identify and battle sin.
I find that when I am in the Spirit I can angry quite easily when I look past what the world presents and I see the sin and evil behind things. I am a prayer warrior in training. I have this calling inside of me. I experience righteous anger that brings me to a strong desire to take my Armor of God and march forth. That is what anger is designed to do.
Anger is like a weapon it can be used for good or ill. And like a weapon it must be handle with caution and only through proper training in the handling of the weapon. Am I there yet, no. Do I desire to be? Yes, definitely yes.
You are created by a Loving and Just God in His image. So stop beating yourself up for being angry, it is part of who you are. It is how you will handle anger in the future. God told Cain that "you must subdue it and be its master." That is what we must do, control and subdue it.
In closing I would like to give you that dash of Joy. Turn to the book of Psalms, Psalm 30:5(NLT) to be exact "For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime? Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning." Like Our Father demonstrates anger lasts only a moment and joy comes in the morning. God gave us gifts for all things among them is Joy, Peace, and Love. These three will overcome anger. God bless.
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Christian, I am pleased you are still writing for the Lord's glory. I really appreciate this article on anger. Thomas Kittrell
Christian .. Very good article ..Everyone of us have to go through this battle... Thank You for using your time for God and and sharing it with us.. God Bless
Great Christian, keep them coming. I guess the key is to learn how not to let our anger turn into sin. Very hard but we're not alone in this battle.