A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
— Proverbs 15:1

Let’s be honest; when you think about it, anger does nothing good for us. Many doctors would tell you that anger could raise your stress level. But, we allow our anger to boil over and lash out, which causes regret. Anger makes us say and do things that we wish we had never said or done, which sometimes even makes us angrier.

Here's something we can do when it comes to anger and the control it can have over our lives: Identify what's really causing you to be angry.

I realize that sometimes anger is brought on by legitimate means. But we still have the opportunity, especially as believers in Christ, to respond to those situations with Grace, which will bring peace.

As a prisoner for the Lord, then I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle be patient bearing with one another in love.
— Ephesians 4:1-2
In your anger do not sin do not let the sun go down while you are still angry and do not give the devil a foothold.
— Ephesians 4:26-27

Satan wants you to stay tied to your anger. He wants you to have regret, because he knows if you're walking around angry and mad at the world, you're not going to be sharing Jesus with world.

Anger defeats us, prideful anger defeats us, selfish anger defeats us, and most of the time that's where our anger comes from. It comes from us being selfish, prideful, and controlling.   

Many times in our lives, when things don't go the way we want, it makes us angry.  However, imagine if we moved away from that, and what if it wasn't about what we wanted, but what God wanted for us? God wants for us is to live righteous and holy lives through our relationship with his son Jesus Christ.

1 Peter says, “Be holy, because I am holy.”

Is being Holy (or set apart from this world) going to be easy? No but is it worth it always.

So how do we do it? Let’s listen to the words of Jesus’ brother, James.

My dear brothers and sisters take note of this everyone should be quick to listen – Philippians – In humility value others above yourself.
slow to speak and slow to become angry for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.
Therefore get rid of all moral filth and evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you which can save you!
— James 1:19-21

James is telling us to clean your closet and get rid of those things that keep bringing anger back into your life. He’s advocating that we let the gospel the seed that was planted in us grow and flourish.

I guarantee that if you try this, it will change the way that you see the world and, more importantly, if you've been an angry person, it will change how people have been seeing you.

Anger does not reflect Jesus to those around you. But, through Jesus, the grace that He has given us, and the peace that we receive from that grace, we can show people who we are in Him and who He is through us. That's how we reflect Jesus in our lives and make him known.

 

Thanks for taking the time out of your day for this devotional.

God bless and have a great week.