“My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.” ~ James 1:19-20 (NIV)
These words hit hard today as I struggled with such anger because of my day at work. Although I should not go in detail about what happens, I do admit there are kids that are tough to control. In addition, I can get quite frustrated when my students don’t respect me, especially in front of other adults. One particular child dared to cross that line and I found myself trying to hold everything I could at not yelling at the child and doing anything stupid. Usually, I can be patient with these kids, but this child has been playing with my authority since I first started.
What shocked me about my anger was that I found myself sulking around in such an attitude, just like a child. I came to God seeking for some peace and tranquility over such a small incident. Instantly, I was reminded that I was seeking God and calling on His name, something I have not done enough. Funny how much better I felt with that sudden conversation with God. I was tempted to watch some funny videos online to lift my spirits but that wouldn’t solve anything; it’d just cover things up.
Anger can be a dangerous emotion. Scripture warns us of the consequences that dangerous anger can lead to. ”’In your anger do not sin:” Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold,” says Ephesians 4:26-27 (NIV). Letting our ungodly anger take a hold of us…we’re basically inviting Satan to do some damage. It’s a crack in the wall that’s letting evil slip through. Anger can lead to violence, bad language, disrespect, so many things!
How this negative anger takes a hold of us also influences our surroundings, how we treat the people around us, and how we treat our Heavenly Father. Paul continues to say in verse 29, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” I could have said a lot of immature, rude comments to this child who made me so angry. But then I’d act like a child myself. And are we not called to serve as examples of the Lord? He is the most mature human that ever stepped on this earth. To finish off, he states, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (v. 31-32).
So now that we have that in perspective, how do we release anger? Whenever a friend of mine was angry at her boss at work, she would talk about it to as many people as she came across with. This is of course unnecessary gossip and the wrong approach to “releasing steam.” Anger is an emotion that God feels. This means that anger is not necessarily bad, but it’s what we do with it, what it leads to, what it can do to our lives that can become the sin that should not happen. Sometimes the things we think that can solve our anger problems only make it worse. That is why we go to God first.
Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Please comment below and let us know how you handle anger?