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Handling Anger

This devotion is critical to our relationship with both God as well as others. Ephesians 4:26 (KJV) says “Be ye angry, and sin not…”  If we are honest, all of us have become angry at some point.  The question is, how did we handle it?  Did we immediately go off the deep end, or did we pray and change our course?  Managing anger is not always easy to do.  It takes prayer and discipline; most importantly it takes a heart open to God. In Matthew 5:22, we find these words:

“’But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment!  If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court.  And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell.’

Jesus did not soften His message.  Anger leads to destruction.  In the toughest times, we must learn to control our rage — when our pride has been hurt, or even when someone has harmed us or someone we love.  How do we do that?  Prayer!  In that moment, we must ask God to guide us and to take away the thoughts that dishonor Him. We must let divine judgment take precedent over our judgment.  As I said before, this is not easy, but it is necessary to prevent our destruction.  The next time we feel ourselves becoming angry, before we respond in a way that is not pleasing to God, we need to pray and give it Him.  Let God handle it!