Anger is usually the result of unmet expectations, be it righteous or unrighteous. Regardless of the type of anger we are dealing with, the Bible cautions us (Ephesians 4:26-27) that in our anger we should neither sin, nor let the sun go down while we are still angry and not give the devil a foothold in our lives.
Oh, how Satan loves to torment us and destroy our testimony with the spirit of anger. I know this because I was once afflicted with this vile spirit. I was easily angered by life’s situations and circumstances. By the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit that now lives within me, I intentionally walk in victory from the spirit of unrighteous anger.
My friends, we cannot fix the negative situations and circumstances of our lives that have led us to unrighteous anger by trying to put a distance between us and our past. However, we can choose today to intentionally:
- Allow our anger to draw us closer to God. We do this by receiving strength and comfort from His Word. If our sin causes us to be angry at ourselves, we repent and ask God to forgive us. And we must forgive ourselves, too (often this is more difficult). If the sins of others have caused us anger, we must learn to forgive them just as Christ forgave us. Forgiving others is not a choice, but a MUST, if we are to have any part in Christ.
- Let hope defuse our anger. This can be accomplished by starting an honest conversation with God. Ask Him to show us what’s underneath our anger and choosing to put our hope in God, not the outcome of the situation. Our hope in Christ gives us the confidence that with God all things are possible.
Christ follower, invite the Holy Spirit to help you win the battle over anger. If you are currently not a Christ follower, Jesus is calling – come!
All glory to God!
About The Author:
Agnes is a leader with proven business acumen in a variety of industries. She holds an executive MBA from the University of Hull, United Kingdom, and is also a Certified Meeting Planner (CMP). She is the author of Transforming Business with Godly Governance: Nine Characteristics for Workplace Success; God Cares for Me in Every Season: Godly Insights for Singleness, Marriage and Divorce; The Provisions of God: Insights from a Cat Named Mascot, and Weekly Insights for the Workplace: A Devotional for Christian Professionals
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