Gaining Victory Over Anger

July 20, 2012

Gaining Victory Over Anger

                  Anger is included among the things we need to put off in Colossians 3:8. “But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.”   Unger’s Bible Dictionary says “Anger is the emotion of instant displeasure, indignation, arising from the feeling of injury done or intended.”  He goes on to say, “If anger were in itself sinful, how could God himself be angry?” He then explains that “Anger is sin when it arises too soon, without reflection; when the injury which awakens it is only apparent; when it is disproportionate to the offense; when it is transferred from the guilty to the innocent; when it is too long protracted and becomes revengeful.”

Much of what is presented in this article was gathered from a message preached in Spanish by S. M. Davis on the subject.  He has been greatly used of God in helping parents facing the problem of rebellion on the part of their teen agers.  Sometimes he finds that the root of the problem is not in the teenager, but in the parents.  He gives testimonies of cases when the problem with the young person was solved when the parents won the victory over anger.  He says there are people he hasn’t been able to help because they weren’t sufficiently humble to recognize that they had a problem.

Our emotional well being is often affected by our relationship with those around us.  If we are in the presence of someone who is easily provoked it’s like a contagious disease that can easily affect us also.  That’s why Proverbs 22:24-25 tells us that we should “Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go; lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to they soul.”  Peace and quiet are often lacking in an environment where someone present is angry.  Proverbs 15:18 says “A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.”

The only biblical justification for anger is found in Ephisians 4:26.  “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath.”     We are justified in hating sin and what sin does.  Even that anger should have its limits.  We shouldn’t let the sun go down on our wrath.

Anger leaves us with a troubled spirit.  It robs us of the joy of life.  Many times it also results in irrational acts.  Moses paid for his anger.  He lost his temper and murdered an Egyptian, and had to flee.  He lost his temper again and cast down and broke  the two tables of stone on which were written the ten commandments (Exodus 32:19).  As a result, Exodus 34:1-2 says he had to make two more tables of stone and carry them back up the mountain so that God could write on them again.  On still another occasion Moses lost his temper.  It’s found in Numbers 20:10-11.  He hit the rock twice instead of once as God instructed him.  As a result, he never got to enter the Promised Land.  Sin always has consequences.

Victory over anger is gained by taking control of your spirit.  Proverbs 16:32 says “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.”  We need to have control over our passions.  Anger is just one of them.  If we surrender ourselves to the will of God, as Romans 12:1-2 says we should, then  we will no longer have a problem in controling our spirit.

In conclusion, I want to give you the following steps to gain the victory over anger.

*  Recognize that you have a problem with anger and that it is serious.

*  Call it sin,  repent, and ask God to forgive you.

*  Try to avoid circumstances and people who provoke you to anger.

*  Pray every day for the filling of the Spirit and that God will enable you to produce the fruits of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-24.

*  Seek out a Christian partner to pray for you and help you gain the victory.

May God help you gain the victory.

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