Wouldn’t it be great if life always ran smoothly with no hiccups or potholes? Wouldn’t that be great?! Well, dream on!
Life is filled with stuff that irritates, aggravates and angers us daily. Those constant hiccups and potholes make anger a fact of life. There are plenty of sources for anger.
Anger can be the product of nagging problems and insurmountable troubles. Anger can come from uncontrollable situations and circumstances that frustrate you that you can’t seem to escape. Anger can come from the disappointments of life that are so unjust and unfair. Who hasn’t been there?
This is life. How many single moms can identify with this? How many people in marriages that are on the edge can identify with this? How many men and women struggling with employment issues can identify with this? Who can’t identify with this?
Anger is an issue in this life and if it is not controlled, it can do great harm to you, to others and to your relationship with God.
How many times have you said or done something in anger that you later regretted? And how many times have you felt God’s conviction for such ugly behavior? This not only hurts you, but it hurts your relationship with God.
All of this comes from the human nature that resides in all people, including followers of Jesus.
As a Christian, God tells you that you are to maintain control of your anger.
Ephesians 4:26 “And don’t sin by letting anger gain control of you.”
God says that uncontrolled anger is a sin. Restraining anger is necessary to maintain a proper representation of what a “Christ-controlled” life is like.
Proverbs 19:11 NLT People with good sense restrain their anger; they earn esteem by overlooking wrongs.
Proverbs 29:11 NLT A fool gives full vent to anger, but a wise person quietly holds it back.
How do you respond to things that make you angry? Do you vent your anger every time you get mad? Do you act like a fool that has no sense? Or, are you wise and keep your emotions under control? Do you overlook the hurts done to you for the sake of showing the world what a Christ-controlled life is really like? Does your response to things that anger you bring esteem to you and your Father or not?
Which do you believe God desires?
There are way too many believers who paint a sad picture of what it means to be a follower of Jesus. This is because many believers lack self-control. Self-control comes from making a serious commitment to live like Jesus and for Jesus. It comes from reading God’s Word and living it out as a lifestyle.
I encourage you to get a copy of my book, Growing Big In God that thoroughly explains this and other things needed to grow spiritually. You can get a copy by going to my website, GrowingBigInGod.com.
Have a great, self-controlled day!
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