The Bible warns us that if we do not have self control, we will be slaves to what controls us. Emotions are a natural instinctive state of mind (feelings) deriving from one’s circumstances, mood, or relationships with others. We don’t live according to how we feel because it is living according to the flesh instead of the Spirit. The emotion of anger is crippling the society and even the church. People no longer have self control, patience and love for one another. Anger is affecting the way we live our lives, the way we handle situations, or circumstances we encounter. Anger or wrath is an intense emotional response to displeasure, irritation, criticism, hurt, threat, frustration, loneliness, self esteem, and pride. Anger is an emotion that when it gets out of control it can become destructive, leading to serious problems. Anger is unacceptable before God. Anger is a spirit that weakens our walk with Christ.
The bible says in James 1:19-20 “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.”
Many have become slaves of Anger. We can never accomplish God’s ways with anger. We need to understand as believers that anger is punishable by God like in the case of Moses striking the rock for water to come out because he was angry with the children of Israel, which eventually caused him entering in the promise land. The bible says in Ephesians 4:26-27 “In your anger do not sin” : Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.” but Moses sinned in his anger because he disobeyed God’s instructions to speak to the rock; and it says in Ecclesiastes 7:9 “Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.” We need the fruit of the Spirit to deal with this spirit called anger, such as self control, patience, humility and love to counter the emotion anger. Titus 1:8 says “Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined.”
If we use these fruits every time we are faced with something that might cause us to become angry, we will eventually be well on our way to live above the emotion of Anger. Please reference the video below for deeper understanding on how to deal with anger through the word of God. God bless you!!