Anger| Does Anger serve a heavenly purpose?
“In your anger do not sin’: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.” Ephesians 4: 26
Above we have one of many Bible Scriptures that enlighten us on how God views anger. Below, we have a worldly opinion about whether anger serves a purpose.
The GreenValley therapist wrote, “Yes, anger serves a purpose. And before you try to reduce or eliminate your anger, you first need to examine what purpose your anger serves. If it serves a worthy purpose, no therapy, no self-help, nothing will help you get rid of something you are invested in.”
Yesterday I allowed myself to succumb to a degree of anger that I’m not proud of. It all started after I dropped my 10 year-old granddaughter off at school. School starts at 8:30 am. I let her out of the car about 8:20 am. The school is located on a one-way in, one-way out street. The school is the only brick & Mortar address on the street. There are two opened entrances where drop -offs take place. My granddaughter’s classroom is toward the back end of the school so she gets dropped off in front of the 2nd set of doors. After dropping her off, I couldn’t get out of the lot because two men were in a all-out screaming match over what appeared to involve a parking space. If that doesn’t sound ridiculous enough, a women pulled into a slanted parking space to my right began honking her horn for me to move so she could get out. The only problem is that I couldn’t move? There were cars in front and behind me. And, she could see that from her passenger side view mirror, and definitely from her driver side window. So, what was her problem you ask? Well, she became so angry about not being able to back out that she didn’t take time to assess the situation before reaction. As soon as she blew her horn I turned toward her and gave a look like, “what do you want me to do, drive over the car in front of me? ” She finally got it!
The thing is, we are living in a time where people’s patience is almost non-existent. Even worse, far too many have an “it’s all about me attitude.” This problem is not one that’s only common to younger people, old folks seem to be suffering from the same affliction. Road rage is a perfect example of what can happen an individual or group of people lose their tempers. If the only bad thing we could expect was a little screaming that would probably be tolerable. However, we are not that lucky. In fact, people have been killed as a result of another’s out-of-control anger.
Do Christians display evidence of out-of-control anger? Yes, that is why the Bible addresses anger in many Scriptures in the Bible.
You know if you have a problem controlling your anger. The question is, what are you going to do about it?
SCRIPTURE for Anger
25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. 26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil. 28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. 29 bLet no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give cgrace to those who hear. 30 And ddo not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, eby whom you were sealed for the day of fredemption. 31 gLet all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 hBe kind to one another, tenderhearted, iforgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4: 25-32