“Put off Anger”
When it comes to anger, we sometimes let our “what-can-we-get-away-with” attitude show through. The most popular scripture dealing with anger is, “Be ye angry, and sin not” (Eph. 4:26). Even though it is absolutely true that anger is not necessarily sin in itself, it is not something that can be used with impunity.
1. Anger can put our souls in danger. “But I say unto you, that whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment” (Matt. 5:22). Everyone thinks he has a cause. Be careful.
2. It never works the righteousness of God. “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God” (James 1:19-20).
3. A wise man is slow to anger (Prov. 16:32). Are you wise? There are many other scriptures which teach about being slow to anger: Neh. 9:17; Psa. 103:8; Psa. 145:8; Prov. 15:18; Joel 2:13; Jonah 4:2; Nah. 1:3.
4. It is a glory to pass over a transgression (Prov. 19:11). Is that how you feel about overlooking things done against you? Remember the many good discussions and studies about forgiving others.
5. He that rules his own spirit is better than a man who takes a city (Prov. 16:32: Prov. 25:28). How strong are you? If you cannot control your own spirit, do you need to seek help?
6. Just because anger itself is not a sin does not mean it is OK to use it to control people and situations. God says to put off anger. ” Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice” (Eph. 4:31). “But now ye also put off all these: anger”¦” (Col. 3:8).