Saturday, December 13, 2014

A Brief Study on Anger

I've been doing a little study on anger lately. Before the fall of man (or Lucifer before that happened), it was an emotion for which there was no occasion. It is an emotion that all of us as fallen mankind have, but more often than not is channeled in evil ways. For the Bible verses we can find on righteous anger, we have many others nailing the ugly side of anger. Here are just a few of them:
Ga 5:20 (Negative and condemned) idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions..

Eph 4:26 BE ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger (red caution flag)
Eph 4:31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. (Expected Christian living)
Eph 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (Red caution flag)
Col 3:8 But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. (Negative and condemned)
Jas 1:19 This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger. (Red caution flag)
Jas 1:20 for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. (VERY red caution flag)
Anger and malice are tied together. Add fits of pique in there. Revenge. Rubbing someone else's nose in it when they've managed to irritate you. Holding grudges. Refusal to forgive in the example of Christ. Forgiving on the surface but really holding on to the grudge deep down inside. I could probably go on for several pages, but I think the point is made. 
All of this is pretty ugly stuff, and my old nature has it gurgling around. Praying that in His grace and mercy, the deeds of the "old man" will be "put to death daily," and that I can reflect the kind, loving, merciful, patient, generous, long-suffering character of the Savior. Impossible without Him doing it within me.

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