“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, even as God in Christ forgave you.” Eph. 4:31-32
““Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.” Eph. 4:26-27
“So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” James 1:19-20
“Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.” Proverbs 29:11
We’re humans. We’re going to get angry at times. But let’s see what the Bible has to say about anger. It says a lot. But let’s focus on the scriptures above. Do the verses say we will never be angry? No! But what should we do with our anger when it comes? GET RID OF IT! And? DON’T SIN AS A RESULT OF IT. Should we act out of our anger? NO! We need to repent from it. Turn away from it. Kick it out. Evict it. Rid ourselves of it. Ask God to forgive us for it and for any way(s) in which we did in fact act out of it.
We should also learn to be slow to become angry. We should get to the point where what used to make us angry no longer does. Or, at the very least, we should be slow enough in becoming angry that we recognize our anger and stop it. Purge ourselves of it. And if we find ourselves angry at someone? What should we do? Forgive!
What does the “wrath of man” produce in the end? It doesn’t produce the righteousness of God, right? Then it produces unrighteousness at the end! Righteousness is doing what’s right in God’s eyes. Living according to His ways. Living like He teaches us in His Word. Unrighteousness is sin. Those who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord need to practice what? Righteousness! Living right before God. Living in a way that honors God. That brings Him praise and glory!
Anger unstopped, anger that we allow to remain, anger that we ultimately act upon, does not bring the Lord glory, does it? God created us to follow Jesus and produce the fruit of His Spirit who lives inside His followers. The fruit of righteousness. Of right living. Of godly living. Anger does not produce this. So when we see anger in our hearts, our thoughts, our minds, our words, our actions, let’s rid ourselves of it – and let us bear the fruit we were created to bear. Fruit pleasing to God almighty, fruit borne of God’s Spirit within us, fruit borne of Christ’s love within us, fruit that brings pleasure and joy to the Lord, and fruit that blesses the world all around us. Hallelujah!