July 19 Anger

Scripture Reading: Psalm 37:5–8

Key Verse: Ephesians 4:26

“Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath.

For most people, anger is not premeditated. We usually find our emotions erupting over unexpected incidents. The emotion of anger is not a sin; but left unchecked, it can mushroom quickly into sinful behavior. You can “be angry [and] not sin” (Eph. 4:26) when you follow these guidelines:

Do not be quick to become angry (James 1:19). If your anger triggers instantly, you have a sin problem. The Lord instructs us to be patient when wronged and long-suffering when abused (1 Cor. 13:4–5).

Do not hold on to your angry feelings. When you secretly nourish anger, you have sinned. Quickly put angry episodes behind you as you trust Christ to replace your anger with His love. Leave the results of your circumstances with sovereign God who can accomplish far more than your fury.

Do not justify your anger. Although there are occasions when anger is justified (a thug beating an elderly man on the sidewalk in front of your home), they do not occur often.

Are you handling your anger by biblical standards, or is anger handling you? If the latter is true, admit it as sin and trust the Lord Jesus Christ to remove your anger by loving through you.

Master, take control of my anger. Do not let me be quick to become angry. Help me release angry feelings and refuse to justify my anger. Let me learn to be angry and not sin.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 210). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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