I recently spent a frustrating, unsuccessful 2 hours on the phone with a service provider to our church. This was probably the 5th or 6th call I had made on this same unresolved issue. On the call, I found myself getting more and more irritated because I had explained this problem so many previous times never being able to talk to the same person twice. Maybe you have experienced a similar situation. As I continued to once again relay the issue we were having, I realized my anger gauge was registering off the meter. So I took a moment, calmed myself down, then apologized to him as he certainly didn’t deserve the brunt of my frustration. Anger can happen very quickly. And it can get out of control even quicker. And the sad thing is that nothing good ever comes out of it. Oh, you may feel some temporary satisfaction of making sure you had your say, but that feeling is usually fleeting. When you’ve cooled off, regret usually sets in. It’s not wrong to feel anger. In fact, righteous anger can be a great motivator to make things right. But anger is wrong if you let it get the best of you or you let it fester. And most importantly, it opens the door to the devil in your life. Satan is a master at anger because his anger against God fuels him and he knows it can be fuel for sin. If it were not possible to control our anger, God wouldn’t have instructed us to. When you feel your anger meter rising, ask the Holy Spirit to take control. Don’t let it get the best of you because your best belongs to God!
4 In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent. Selah Psalm 4:4 (NIV)
26 And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 for anger gives a foothold to the devil. Ephesians 4:26-27 (NLT)
11 Fools vent their anger, but the wise quietly hold it back. Proverbs 29:11 (NLT)
12 Therefore, rejoice, O heavens! And you who live in the heavens, rejoice! But terror will come on the earth and the sea, for the devil has come down to you in great anger, knowing that he has little time.” Revelation 12:12 (NLT)