Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Ousting Anger

I have often heard an angry man (or woman) justify their anger by quoting the scripture in Ephesians 4:26 that says, “Be angry, but sin not…. .

But did God really give us this scripture to promote regular bouts of anger. I think not. Anger is an emotion by which we show how much we are displeased with a person or a situation. It easily gives birth to raised voices in heated rebukes and abuse; physical attack; hate, malice, and even murder. With this kind of offspring I believe that God would want us to do away with anger completely. Hear His word….

Eph 4:31 –Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice

Clearly, God does not support anger

Col 3:8 – But now, you yourself are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice…

- This is a commandment

James 1: 20 – For the wrath of man does not promote God’s Righteousness

It never does

Prov 29: 22 – An angry man stirs up strife and a furious man abounds in transgression.

Anger translates to sin. Simple!

And lastly the full rendition of our text…Eph 4:26 Be angry and do not sin, do not let the sun go down on your anger.

How easy is it to be angry and not sin?

How easy is it to put away your anger before the sun goes down? Especially if you become angry by say 5p.m. in the evening.

So let’s put away anger completely especially if you want to stay away from sin and if you want to promote God’s righteousness alone.

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