Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Be Ye Angry and Sin Not

Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. Eph 4:26-27
This verse has been on my mind lately. Anger is an emotion. Jesus looked on the Pharisees in anger because of their hard-heartedness before He healed the man with the withered hand (Mark 3:5). So it is available to be angry and still not be sinning.

Some interesting articles on the subject are here:

Anger by Kevin Cauley from the Preachers File

Be Ye Angry and Sin Not By David Tavender of Berean Bible Fellowship of Australia

Our emotion of Anger must be controlled. Like anything of the flesh, it can become a door to other worse things such as wrath or hatred. Galations 5 is a good comparison between the works of the flesh and the fruits of the Spirit.
Gal 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
Gal 5:20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
Gal 5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Gal 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Gal 5:24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
"They that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts." We who are Christs need to be always sure that we catch that emotion of Anger at the moment it hits - in order to lead every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. If you are having a problem controlling your anger, or if your flesh still reacts in anger at certain things - it is possible to ask the Father for deliverance and victory over this area.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you so much for your Holy spirit and for making it available for us, your children, to walk after the spirit and not after the flesh. Please help me to overcome anger and all the other areas of my life where I am falling short. In the name of your son Jesus Christ. Amen.

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