WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL
OCTOBER 29, 2022
TOPIC: VICTORY OVER ANGER
BY T. O. BANSO
“‘Be angry, and do not sin’: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil” (Ephesians 4:26-27 New King James Version).
Some situations or actions can make you angry. But you must never allow anger to control you, otherwise, you will sin. People may do things that will make you angry but always control your anger.
Anger could be an explosive emotion. If you allow anger to control you, you would have said what you shouldn’t have said before you realize it. You’ll regret it later but sometimes the consequences may be irreversible. Don’t let anger destroy your marriage, career, destiny, or relationships.
James 1:19 says to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Be in control of your temperament, not the other way around. Anger is a natural emotion. Ephesians 4:26-27 says, “‘Be angry, and do not sin’: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil” (New King James Version). This is not a command to be angry but not to sin if you’re angry.
The New Living Translation puts it this way: “And ‘don’t sin by letting anger control you.’ Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.” The phrase “Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry” means to be reconciled immediately with the person you’re angry with. Don’t continue in your anger.
To give a foothold to the devil means to give a place to the devil or give the devil an opportunity. The Amplified Bible renders Ephesians 4:27 thus: “Leave no [such] room or foothold for the devil [give no opportunity to him].” Uncontrolled anger gives an opportunity to the devil. And once you give place to the devil, he takes charge. You are no more in control of what happens thereafter. That’s why people regret their actions later and say, “It’s the devil.” They realize their folly that despite what someone did that provoked them, their actions were unjustifiable. Two wrongs don’t make a right. Don’t sin in your anger.
People could do something concerning God, other human beings, or you that you may have to express your displeasure over. But don’t fly off the handle; don’t lose your temper; don’t lose control of your emotion. Don’t express your anger in an uncontrolled manner that you take revenge or even take an action that is worse than what you’re angry about. This is what the Bible means by “be angry, and do not sin.”
Uncontrolled anger is a sin. It’s so bad that sometimes others are pleading with people who are uncontrollably angry but they can’t see that the people are only trying to save them from themselves and the devil. Don’t be angry without justifiable cause. Also, don’t let the expression of your anger exceed a reasonable limit such that you harm others or refuse to forgive. Avoid speaking harsh words that you may regret later. This is how to ensure that you don’t sin when you’re angry.
Prolonging your anger will mean that you’ve violated the Word of God to forgive, especially as Jesus emphasized in His teachings. And if you don’t forgive others their trespasses, God won’t forgive you yours. You should resolve your differences with others and forgive from your heart (Matthew 6:12-15; 18:21-35; Mark 11:25-26; Luke 11:4). Forgive, and you will be forgiven (Luke 6:37b). Jesus said in Luke 17:3-4, “Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him” (New King James Version). If you forgive, you won’t be guilty of anger that makes you sin.
Psalm 4:4, which the Apostle Paul referred to in Ephesians 4:26, says, “Be angry, and do not sin. Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still” (New King James Version). Gain victory over anger; don’t give place to the devil. “Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; do not fret-it only causes harm” (Psalm 37:8 New King James Version). Don’t go to bed with angry feelings, which could lead to bitterness and revenge.
Anger is an emotion that you must continually deal with, with the help of the Holy Spirit, because what will make you angry will happen from time to time. “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:31-32 New King James Version). Take note of the other sins that accompany anger. Put away anger that makes you sin.
You can’t be angry and at the same time enjoy fellowship with God. Also, anger is linked to some health conditions, including headaches, sleeplessness, high blood pressure, heart attack, depression, digestive problems, and a weak immune system. Be angry and don’t sin.
What to do:
1. Acknowledge that uncontrolled anger is a sin and don’t make excuses for it.
2. Admit that anger is a problem in your life and confess your sin about past and current anger.
3. Apologize to those you’ve been angry with or you’re currently angry with.
4. Resolve your differences and forgive from your heart (Matthew 18:35). Forgiveness is in your own interest. Even if those who made you angry don’t ask for forgiveness, forgive them. Forgiveness is different from reconciliation or restoration of a relationship which depends a lot on the offender.
5. Expect that people won’t always do things the way you want; they’ll sometimes do what will make you angry, so forgive them in advance.
6. Don’t take everything too seriously. Some people easily get angry over little things. Don’t be angry for no just cause.
7. Study and meditate on what the Bible says about anger. This will help you to put away anger.
8. Pray to God for victory over anger and depend on the Holy Spirit to help you.
9. Walk in love. Love is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs (1 Corinthians 13:5b).
10. Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Ecclesiastes 7:9 says, “Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, for anger rests in the bosom of fools.”(New King James Version). Don’t be a fool.
11. If you feel anger rising in you, take some practical precautionary steps to avoid an angry outburst. You may refuse to say a word, leave the place or person making you angry, or calm down yourself by saying to yourself that you refuse to be angry in Jesus’ name. This is not about suppressing or bottling up anger which can lead to bitterness. It is about trying to express your anger without sinning. Find the right time to talk with the person on the issue later when you’ve calmed down.
12. If you’re angry and people pacify you, respond positively and let go of your anger. Even God forgives, so why shouldn’t you?
13. Don’t go to sleep at night without resolving each day’s anger. Don’t bring today’s anger into a new day. An unresolved anger could result in bitterness that gives birth to all manners of evil.
14. Be positive about life. Don’t let people change your feelings negatively. People can provoke you but it takes your permission to be angry and sin while you’re angry. Don’t blame anyone for your anger; blame yourself.
Proverbs 14:29 says, “People with understanding control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness” (New Living Translation). The Living Bible says, “A wise man controls his temper. He knows that anger causes mistakes.” Seek to gain victory over anger every time. Victory now does not mean that victory will be automatic next time.
If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit that you are a sinner and you cannot save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.
Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and God raised Him on the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.
I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like a palm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.
PRAYER POINTS: Father, I repent of my uncontrolled anger in the past. I forgive from the heart everyone that I am angry with. I receive the understanding to control my anger so that I will not sin and give room to the devil. Holy Spirit, I receive the grace to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.
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T. O. Banso is the President of Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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