Think About It

“In your anger, do not sin and do not let the sun go down on you while you are still angry” (Ephesians 4:26).

Is it possible to be angry and not sin? We tend to put anger in the sin category because all too often, we let anger control our actions instead of our actions control anger.

God knows we’ll get angry. Even God gets angry. Controlled anger can be a powerful motivator. Athletes talk about “playing angry” which is a way of getting their adrenaline up. David’s anger with Goliath’s defiance of Israel motivated him to action. “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the Living God?” (1 Samuel 17:26).

But, how do you control anger? James 1:19 says, “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” The secret to controlling anger is to use your head. Be quick to consider where your anger is coming from; think about it. Then, be slow to act. Measure your response. Let wisdom tell you what to do, not anger. That’s what David did. He didn’t rush at Goliath in a rage; he had a calculated plan of action.

We are to be slow to become angry, but we can’t let it hang around either. “Do not let the sun go down on you while you are still angry” (Ephesians 4:26). Don’t let it inhabit you; don’t even let it spend the night.

Anger can be blinding, so it is good to have a plan of action in advance–to either not allow it to rush in or to have a way to release it. Go for a run or chop some wood. Don’t vent on people, especially loved ones. Release it, but don’t turn it loose. There is a big difference between releasing anger and turning it loose. Turning it loose is like putting a match to gasoline. King Saul’s anger with David killed a lot of innocent people in Israel.

Men, we are going to get angry at times, but we can’t let our anger give birth to sin. God gives us the keys to controlling it. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you how to be victorious. Isaiah 45:22 says, “Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.”

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