The other day I found myself in a situation where someone was angry because of an injustice done to them. While anger is understandable, we can’t allow it to remain.
As I was praying for this person the Lord spoke to me and said, “Anger is driving this person.” I watched as their entire day, at least a huge part of it, was driven by anger of something that had already happened and was past.
When we allow anger to drive us, it will influence every decision we make, every single word we speak and especially how we relate to people. We simply can’t allow it. In these trying times it seems to me that anger is rampant. People are angry all around and they are reacting to that anger by responding without thinking. That’s why we hear of so many shootings lately. Not only shootings, but violent crime has greatly increased across our land. Anger is driving many.
Anger is not of God. If unchecked, it never, ever has a good outcome. Anger can only lead to sin. Why? When we allow anger to drive us, rational thought goes out the window. We begin to act in a way that does not line up with the Word of God or the love of God. Peace leaves and chaos enters in. In addition, anger effects the body.
Let me share some things with you that anger causes in the physical body.
- Continual anger puts you at great risk of having a heart attack
- Increases stroke risk
- Weakens the immune system
- Cause increased anxiety
- Linked to depression
- Causes stress which can shorten your life
“WISE men CALM anger.”
Anger is a spirit – you can literally feel it if you are around someone who is angry – it changes the entire atmosphere. On the other hand, the Bible says we can change the atmosphere with our words.
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1
Words can fuel or diffuse anger – it’s up to us to choose words that will dispel anger. Make sure you are using words that bring peace and not wrath.
Psalm 37:8 says, “Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret—it only causes harm.”
Ephesians 4:31 in the Amplified says, “Let all bitterness and indignation and wrath (passion, rage, bad temper) and resentment (anger, animosity) and quarreling (brawling, clamor, contention) and slander (evil-speaking, abusive or blasphemous language) be banished from you, with all malice (spite, ill will, or baseness of any kind).”
Eccl. 7:9 says, “Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, for anger rests in the bosom of fools.”
Proverbs 29:8 says, “WISE men CALM anger.”
Friends, it is entirely up to us whether we choose to be a fool (allowing anger to abide in our life and drive us daily) or a wise man, who chooses to calm anger. How do we do that?
We do that by resisting the devil.
James 4:7 says, “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
Anger is from the devil – we must SUBMIT to God and then RESIST the devil by resisting anger. Choose instead to speak words that calm anger. Decide in our heart that we are going to walk in peace, no matter what. That, my friend, is not always easy, I get that. But all things are possible with God. ALL THINGS!
We cannot be a people of anger and be a person of love – and God is love. If we are to be in unity with God – we must walk in love and peace. Today, I encourage you to check your heart and check your reactions to things that come against you. Refuse anger. Choose peace and continue to declare God’s Word, bringing calm to every situation.
Appoint My Days
I will speak life today for Jesus has destroyed a murmuring and complaining tongue in my life. My tongue will speak forth words of life today. My words will produce spiritual life in the hearts of men and women.