ANGER

 

 

Thanks for stopping by and considering the subject of anger with me.  I am honored that you decided to take the time to come here.  My hope is you will find answers to the personal issues, which are causing you hurt.  Believe me, there are answers and many have come down the road you are on.  You are not alone.  In an effort to make this lesson as beneficial as possible, I would appreciate your comments, positive or otherwise.

 

Anger

 

Anger is very common in our society.  Even though we have so much material things, we still seem to be unhappy.  Whatever the cause of anger, we can see and understand the futility and waste of time it is.  Gods’ Word, the Bible, has much to say on this subject.  While this lesson will not cover all of them it will shed some light on the subject and give you a starting point.

 

“Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.” Psalm 37:8 (KJV) 

 

Anger is like a poison.  It infects and affects every part of a person’s life.  It causes violence, heartache and broken relationships.  To put it mildly, it isn’t something you want around for very long.  Yet, it seems that so many today turn to it as an outlet for their frustrations.  As we will see, there is another place to put frustrations, a place where you can be free from anger and its’ ways.  We’ll get that part later.

 

Question #1  Do you find yourself getting angry over little things?

 

The Way of Anger

 

“Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous…” Proverbs 27:4 (KJV) 

 

The wise man Solomon described anger in a way that we can understand.  Anger is cruel and outrageous.  This tells us a lot about the power of anger.  It can take a person who was designed by God to be gentle and meek and make them into a cruel person.  Have you ever met someone who is cruel?  No doubt, their anger isn’t far from the surface.  Webster defines cruel as merciless, causing pain or misery.  Anger is not your friend.  When it comes around all civility is gone and replaced by outrageous things.   Webster again defines outrageous as abuse.  Think about it.  Where does abuse come from?  Most of the time it comes from pent up anger that has not been put in its’ proper place.  Cruelty and abuse seems to be a prevalent way to vent.  It doesn’t have to be this way.  There is a better way.  Before we look at it let’s look further into this.

 

“Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.” Eccles. 7:9 (KJV) 

 

As we look deeper into the nature of anger we can see that it is hasty or impatient and that anyone who relies on it is a fool.  When we are upset about something the natural reaction is to lash out immediately.  We want to get revenge as quickly as possible.  The cry of our generation is “I want it now.”  A fool is someone who will not guard his/her tongue but in anger will lash out with words that are hard to take back.  Anger is weak because it cannot control itself.  Restraint is not in its’ vocabulary. 

 

Question #2  Can you describe some things about anger that are weak?

 

The Way of the Strong

 

“He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.” Proverbs 16:32 (KJV) 

 

Here we can see that strong people are conquerors.  They rule and overcome obstacles in their path.  One way to become strong is to reject anger as an outlet.  A mighty man may take a city but can he rule his spirit?  This tells us that when we rule our spirit (attitudes and emotions) we are actually greater than the mighty.

 

“Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.” Psalm 37:8 (KJV) 

 

Strength of character and understanding can turn away anger.  Yet, you may ask, “How can I turn from anger and develop character and understanding?”  There is only one place I know.  The power of God, which changes us from the inside out.

 

“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” Romans 8:37 (KJV)  .

 

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philip. 4:13 (KJV) 

 

Jesus Christ has the power to set you free from a life of anger.  His Spirit brings love, forgiveness and joy, which will always counter and destroy anger. 

 

Question #3  Do you consider yourself happy or angry most of the time?  Explain.

 

Some Practical Applications

 

OK here are some of the better ways I spoke of earlier.  There are some ways to avoid anger.  The first one is to watch what you say and how you say it.  This is hard at times but with Gods’ help you can. 

 

“A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.” Proverbs 15:1 (KJV) 

 

The way that you answer someone can make the difference in starting a fight or making a friend.  The better way is making friends.  Friends will help you when you need them the most.  Enemies are always waiting to bring you down.  Having friends is easy and we are told how to do it.  Be friendly!

 

“A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24 (KJV) 

 

Secondly, anger always flees at the presence of forgiveness.  Forgiveness is the act of letting it go.  Releasing the other party and going on your way.

 

“…forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:” Luke 6:37 (KJV) 

 

“Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do…” Luke 23:34 (KJV) 

 

Forgiveness actually puts the wrong being done to you in the hand of God.  It is in effect turning it over to him to deal with.

 

“Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” Romans 12:19 (KJV) 

 

This powerful verse simply tells us to put our anger in its’ proper place, in Gods’ hands.  He will repay all that has been done wrong on this earth.  When we take things into our own hands do we usually get into trouble?  Can you trust God that much?  Those who have trusted him testify of experiencing freedom from anger.  If you are bound by anger, why not trust Jesus to fill you with his Spirit and take that anger out of your heart?  His Spirit will bring love, joy and peace into your life! 

 

“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” John 8:36 (KJV) 

 

Question #4  Would you like to experience a life free from controlling anger?  Do you know someone that is angry who would benefit from this lesson?

 

Conclusion

 

The freedom that Jesus brings is awesome!  He is the Prince of Peace.  He can and does bring peace to a troubled heart.  He has for millions, why not for you?  Through prayer and the indwelling Spirit of God you can and will experience deliverance.  In your area there are people who have been set free from anger.  If you would like to contact them let us know and we will give you a way to do so.  Don’t live another day of your life in the bondage of anger.  It isn’t worth the time or effort.  Jesus Christ has a better way.  Thank you for visiting this site.  I would greatly appreciate your comments and any questions you may have.  I will return any questions as soon as possible.  May God richly bless you.

 

Sincerely,

 

Greg Wirths

 

Focus on Freedom

 

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