Almost everyone seems to be angry theses days. Many are angry about how the pandemic has been handled — some think we should have more restrictions, others think we need less. Rioters are angry with the police and the government. There are racial and political tensions. Family members unfriend one another on Facebook because they don’t agree on certain issues. Even church denominations are splitting and suing one another. What’s the world coming to?
Maybe you are angry as well, and you may even have good reasons for the way you feel. However, the Bible has quite a bit to say about anger, and here are a few examples:
“…. let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger, for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness that God requires.” James 1:19-20
“A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.” Proverbs 29:11
“Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.” Psalm 37:8
In plain words, anger makes us foolish, and leads us into other sins. When we allow free rein to our anger, we damage ourselves and others. It tempts us to become unkind, disrespectful and even violent. It stirs up trouble and disrupts peace.
So, if you’re angry, take a breath. Stay calm. Practice patience. Think things over. Don’t respond quickly. Don’t dwell on the disagreement. Pray for insight. Respect the views of others, even if you believe they are wrong. Anger does not promote righteous behavior, and it separates us from God and our fellow men.
“Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.” Ephesians 4:26-27
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