Avoiding Anger

There are many proverbs in the Bible about anger. Perhaps my favourite is this one:

Proverbs 15 v 1: A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger

We are all emotional beings. Some people are more driven by emotions than others. The fruit of the Spirit is self control, peace, patience, and gentleness among others.

Galatians 5 v 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law

It is interesting that anger is probably the opposite of all of these. Jesus got angry with the money-changers who were using the temple for trade rather than God’s business. Some people speak about a righteous anger, when standing up against injustice. These are accepted forms of biblical anger. So anger in itself is not wrong. BUT…When we get into anger and it starts to drive us and cause us to speak badly of others, to seek revenge for deeds done to us or those close to us, we walk out of the spirit. We need to guard our hearts because out of the heart, the mouth speaks.

A sign of a wise man is one who is slow to speak, quick to listen and quick to take godly correction. We are all caught up in emotional topics from time to time. Satan tries to grab a foothold through our anger to make us fall into sin and dare I say it…rebellion !

Pray that God will keep you from anger – especially anger against your brother.