Daily Devotional | Managing Anger

Ephesians 4:26, 27 NKJV
“Be angry, and do not sin” : do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.
 
 
Anger is a character with two faces, a power of expression. It can be driven by Humility (anointing), or by Pride (demonic). One of the characteristics of anger is the face of God, i.e., the anger towards sin. This anger is good and is designed for us to avoid hate and overcome sin. Anger, as it relates to pride is a sin. The sinner is human, made in the image of God, and in most cases, is the carrier of that causative evil spirit. The worst kind of anger to have is the demonic rage against man, caused by the overflow of anxiety, past experiences such as; hurt, loss, pain, un-forgiveness, evil people, etc. Anger in the form of rage is the destroyer of many things. It is irrational. As God’s children, we should hate the sin, but not the sinner. If not, we ourselves will fall into sin.
 
“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God”. (James 1:19-20 KJV). Demonic anger objects Gods word. This is the devils purposes for believers that are reckless with their tongues. It spills over before you can catch it, and ripples! The Bible says that ” your enemy, the devil roars around, looking for someone to devour…”(1 Peter 5:8).
 
Have you been in a situation where after the war, you discover the cause of the quarrel is meaningless, only mis-communication?  Have you told yourself the ado was not worth its fans? Have you felt so guilty after a quarrel, you tell yourself, ‘I should have avoided this….’? According to James, this kind of anger is due to ones inability to obey God. Truly, we can all attest to this situation, at least once in our life time. People who do not listen to others oftentimes respond with a judgmental tone. When a conversation becomes judgmental, it spurs defense and irrational verbal abuses. 
 
Here are a few practices you may want to consider to avoid anger: 
 
1: You must listen to the other party whenever you are having a conversation. Take notes (mentally) and ask questions. “A soft answer turns away wrath (anger): but grievous words stir up anger” (Proverbs 15:1 KJV). Answering a question or talking back to a person the way you want to be responded to is a sign of a healthy discussion.  When there is no cordiality between two converses, it definitely turns volatile.
 
2: Always speak a kind word to the next person, regardless how tensed and negatively mannered they are. “He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly. A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.” (Proverbs 14:29-30 KJV) Uncontrolled anger is foolishness. It demonstrates immaturity. It kills slowly, and always will lead to loss. Anyone that can control anger is in charge of his destiny.  
 
3: Maintain your cool always. Think positive regardless of what you hear. Anger is a choice. You either choose to do God’s commandment, or the devil’s will. Both have rewards and consequences. Avoiding anger at every cost demonstrates your faith. 
 
4: you must let it go! No exceptions, all of it. Make peace. “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:31-32 KJV)  
 
5: Never let anger cost you anything . Remember that “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4 KJV). Staying in the word of God, you can flow with God’s will. “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7 KJV).Many people have experienced a great loss in the result of anger; such as, opportunity, family, marriage, friendships, etc. 

6: Talk about what makes you angry, and make a joke(if possible) of it, then let it go. It is not worth the salt!
 
A Few years ago, I had an argument with a co-worker who insulted me and my country. Out of anger, I quit my job, ignoring every appeal by my district manager to return. I was even offered a raise, but I went with my word, and unchanged heart. I was angry, furious and was willing to start a war! As an assistant manager, my anger clouded my sense of reasoning, and I would not listen, or forgive. When the disciplinary committee met, the manager who insulted me was fired, and my promotion was given to someone else. Ever since then, I made a promise against anger! May God be with you, in Jesus Name. Amen
 
Scripture of the day:  “Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.” ~ Psalms 37:8
 
From Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
TLWMI. (c) Copyright Reserved, 2011
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The senior pastor and overseer of The Living Word Ministries Evanston, IL since 2010, the author of 'Living Victoriously' by Author-house publishers. My passion is present and lead others into Pure Praise, Pure Worship and Pure Word. This means that at our Church, the integrity of the Gospel is held to the letters, just as Jesus Christ preached and lived it. Come and join us, and God will surely Bless you mighty!
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