July 12, 2000
“In your anger, do not sin.” (Ephesians 4: 26)
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Precious Disciple of Jesus Christ, the Daystar,
This is an interesting Scripture verse. It doesn’t command us never to be angry. Instead, it acknowledges that there will be times in our lives when we are angry, but it commands us not to sin during those times.
How do you deal with your anger? Do you allow it to control you and overpower you? Or do you take control if it?
Here are some sugestions for handling your anger in a way that is pleasing to God:
1) Realize that anger, in itself, is neither right nor wrong. It’s how you respond when you are angry that matters. You can choose to blow up or clamp up; or you can choose to respond in love.
2) When you are angry, say so in a calm manner. Go to the person with whom you are angry and say something like, “It makes me angry when . . . .” If possible, discuss the situation with the person involved. Too many people suppress their anger. This does nothing to solve the problem.
Instead, suppressing anger creates new problems both in the body and in the soul. Other people explode when they are angry. This does no good, either. Exploding hurts both you and the person who is the target of your hurtful words or actions. A good way to vent your anger is to do something constructive, like exercising or cleaning your house.
3) If you find that your anger seems to be beyond your control, you may be dealing with a spirit of anger or even a generational curse of anger. If this is the case, take authority over it in the Name of Jesus. Also, go to your pator and ask him for counsel. Some anger issues have deep roots that need to be exposed and cut off.
4) Pray and seek God continually about your anger. Our Lord is our Deliverer. He will deliver you from anger. Just ask Him to do so, and cooperate with Him as He leads you into all Truth.
Your sister in Christ,
Dr. Mary Ann Diorio
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