KEY SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 4:26 NET” Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on the cause of your anger”.
What is anger? Anger is an emotional state. It is an expression of the emotion showing dislike for an act, a thing or a situation. Different people express different degrees of anger. Anger may begin from an ordinary dislike for something to an outright rage. Anger becomes very dangerous to the one expressing it when anger turns to rage. It can shut up one’s ability to reason logically, cordially to do very stupid things. When anger stays in the heart longer than necessary, it possesses its victim and imprisons him or her. Some people have died in a state of rage
ANGER is very severe in a man who is full of himself. Such a person is very proud. Such a man thinks so highly of himself and feels so hurt about a mistreatment. The proud cannot rule their Spirit. Pro 16:32 NET “Better to be slow to anger than to be a mighty warrior, and one who controls his temper is better than one who captures a city”. Anger should not be a problem of a Christian. The Christian is Christ living through a man. His former self was crucified with Christ. (Gal 2:20) He cannot be full of himself any longer. He is now full of Christ (Some Christians unfortunately allow self to fill them)
What does the Christian who finds himself acting in anger do? Such a person must know that something alien or strange is functioning in him. He must also acknowledge that this attitude or character is incompatible with his true nature. He can use the principle in James 3:2. He must always declare the truth to himself. The truth is that, he has the nature of Christ and that he is filled with the fruit of the Spirit. He must say to himself always that he has absolute control over his temper. The scripture says, the man who speaks the truth (the word of God) to himself, would be able to control his whole body. Stop saying you have a bad temper. This is not true about you. You are now Christ in dwelt and should never accept any other contrary nature.
I am crucified with Christ. He is presently alive in me. I have love joy, peace, self-control. I act always in consonance with the nature of Christ. I am quick to listen slow to speak and slow to wrath. Thanks be to God.
James 3:2 NET “For we all stumble in many ways. If someone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect individual, able to control the entire body as well”.
James 1:19 Net ” Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters! Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger”.