Prov. 22:24-25 π Prov. 27:4 π Eccl. 7:9 π Rom. 8:9 π Gal. 5:21 π Gal. 5:22-23 π Eph. 4:26; 2nd; 3rd π Eph. 4:31; 2nd π Eph. 4:32; 2nd π Col. 3:8; 2nd π Jas. 1:20
In the fifth chapter of Galatians, we are told anger is a sin of our flesh life, along with: adultery, sex sins, envy, jealousy, hatred, drunkenness, murders, wrath, witchcraft, idolatry, strife, heresies and others. “…They that do such things shall not inherit the Kingdom of God.” ( Gal. 5:21; top )
Anger is classified along with blasphemy in Col. 3:8 . “Now you also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.” ( Col. 3:8; top )
“For man’s anger does not promote the righteousness God (wishes and requires).” ( Jas. 1:20 , Amp.; top)
“Wrath is cruel and anger is outrageous.” ( Prov. 27:4; top )
“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamour and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.” ( Eph. 4:31; top )
Eccl. 7:9 (Amp.) says, “Do not be quick in spirit to be angry or vexed, for anger and vexation lodge in the hearts of fools.”
“Make no friendship with an angry man, and with a furious man you shall not go, lest you learn his ways and be snared in your soul.” ( Prov. 22:24-25; top )
Anger throws poison into the body’s system that no antibiotic can ever counteract. Ten minutes of unbridled temper can waste enough energy and strength to do half a day’s work. Anger produces anxiety, anxiety produces tension, and tension is the road to pain. Anger brings an anxiety which destroys health through undue fatigue and exhaustion. Our physical strength is a gift from God, entrusted to us to be employed for His glory, not to be dissipated through the sin of anger.
Moses missed the promised land because of anger.
There is a popular belief today condoning free exercise of doing your “own thing,” but our self-centered ego is only nurtured and strengthened by this permissiveness and our will was meant to surrender to Almighty God. We cannot risk giving our thoughts, including anger, free rein; they will never choose the right path, unless we let God purge them and give us self-control over them.
You don’t get rid of fornication by committing more fornication. We don’t get rid of anger by showing more anger.
In Ephesians 4:26 (top) it says, “Be angry and sin not, let not the sun go down on your wrath.” The only one that could be angry without sinning was the Lord Himself.
There is a distinct difference between man’s anger and God’s anger. Man’s anger is anchored in selfishness and self-centeredness; God’s anger was total unselfishness. Jesus was allowed to use anger because He was perfect and would use it to pull down strongholds of unrighteousness which had put generations of people in bondage to sin under the guise of religion.
Concerning the scripture from Ephesians 4:26 , this is only one verse from the complete thought which runs from verse 26 to the end of the chapter, verse 32 . The conclusion of this thought is spelled out in the last two verses, 31 and 32 (top) , which say, “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamour and evil speaking be put away from you with all malice: and be kind to one another, even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you.”
We tend to serve that which we spend the most time being conscious of. Starve your anger to death by exposing it to God via repentance daily, and Our Heavenly Father will put His love in its place and also prolong your earthly life.
We are to be overcomers, which says we are to overcome the evils of this world; with God’s help we are to substitute anger with a fruit of His Spirit. Our whole purpose of living here is to absorb the character of Jesus, which is to have the fruits of His Spirit, which are love, joy, peace, long-suffering, goodness, temperance (self-control), meekness, faith and gentleness. ( Gal. 5:22-23; top )
The scripture further says, in Romans 8:9 , if we don’t have the Spirit of Christ, we are none of His.
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