by Paul J. Bucknell
Angry People find it very difficult to admit the evil nature of anger.
Perhaps this is because the spirit of anger is so close at hand.
A review of the consequences of anger can help motivate those with a spirit of anger to get rid of their anger.
Anger or angry is used 433 times in the Bible. Much research can be done on these passages. In what passage did Jesus expose the need to eliminate anger from our lives?
• Anger is unacceptable before God.
We can never accomplish God’s ways with anger.
“This you know, my beloved brethren. But let everyone be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.”
• Anger leads to more anger.
If you think ones anger is bad now, it will get worse unless you take a strong course of action.
” Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all transgressions.”
• Anger becomes addictive.
Angry people don’t simply change.
” [A man of] great anger shall bear the penalty, For if you rescue [him,] you will only have to do it again.”
• Anger leads to hostility and lawsuits.
Anger easily leads to extra expensive and stressful situations that otherwise could have been avoided.
“Make friends quickly with your opponent at law while you are with him on the way, in order that your opponent may not deliver you to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.”
• Anger always needs reconciliation.
Anger produces strained relationships which must be solved before we go on in our spiritual lives.
“If therefore you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar, and go your way; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering.”
• Anger always needs restoration.
Angry people are constantly hurting people and causing offenses.
“A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, And a man of evil devices is hated.”
If you do not enjoy relationships but are tense, mean and critical, there is a good chance that you have an angry spirit.
People don’t like to be around angry people. It simply follows that if a person has an angry and bitter attitude, he will more than likely have problems in his interpersonal relationships. Ask yourself the following questions?
- When was the last time you lost your temper?
- Did you ever physically hurt someone through your anger?
- What are some of the phrases that you use when angry?
- Have you ever apologized for your anger?
- What relationships are being stressed because of unresolved anger?
The gospel of Jesus Christ is centered around God’s love for us and through us. We cannot tolerate anger in our lives. Anger brings physical, emotional and social damages to our lives and others. All these serious consequences point to our need of the gospel of Christ’s love.