With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love.Ephesians 4:2
None of us is a stranger to the feeling of anger. It is right for us to feel anger when there is injustice and sinfulness. However, we need to be watchful that our anger does not get the better of us and causes us to sin. In Matthew 21 Jesus displayed righteous anger when the place of worship was used as a marketplace. This emotion showed by Jesus was motivated by his zeal of the house of God. This anger was justified.
In Ephesians 4:26 we read, “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath.” The Bible teaches us that we ought to handle our anger properly. We must deal with anger correctly. If we hold on to anger the enemy can use that to cause us to become bitter.
Here are some key points to consider regarding the anger that Jesus displayed. His anger was always motivated by just reasons. His anger was aimed at sinful behaviour. Jesus never lost control when angry. His anger never turned to bitterness. The result of his wrath resulted in God’s will and truth being upheld.
Careful consider these questions today.
1. Do you have a kind, gentle and loving spirit?
2. Are you an argumentative and contentious person?
3. Are you often critical and harsh with people?
4. Are you often insensitive?
5. Do you tend to look for reasons to pick people apart?
Be honest before God and search your soul. Don’t make excuses for the sin of anger. Ask for God’s forgiveness and cleansing. Do not make excuses by saying, “I cannot help it that is just my personality.” Sin needs to be confessed and dealt with. Deal with the area of your life before God and in His Spirit. Defeat anger with Scripture and in the power of Scripture.