Marvel comics The Hulk portrays the character of scientist Bruce Banner, who gets caught in a blast of gamma radiation and transforms into a green super giant. Triggered by anger Bruce morphs into a superhero with super strength. I still think Lou Ferrigno was the best Hulk ever…just my opinion. 🙂
As the saying goes, anger is one letter away from danger. Webster says anger is a strong feeling of annoyance, hostility or displeasure, but actually it is more than that. Anger is a ploy of the devil to pollute our spirit-man with irritation inciting us to live in constant hostility and impatience with others. One of my favorite preachers used to say, “when you’re angry, it’s a sure sign the devil is near” and that is a fact.
Maybe, however, we’ve begun to water down this truth. We can mistake an outburst of anger as a healthy exercise for the psyche, after all we say it’s better to let it out than keep it in, no matter the consequences and collateral damage left in its wake…kind of like The Hulk?
Now I realize that not all anger is sin (Ephesians 4:26), however it is a warning sign (d-anger) and can lead to violence, abuse, trauma and crime; in fact many events in our society today demonstrate that anger unchecked can lead to violence and even death.
This is a vast topic to cover in one blog; but here are some basic facts in helping us deal with anger. Perhaps if we simplify it, we can better respond to it.
ANGER AND THE BIBLE’S RESPONSE
The Bible talks a lot about anger. Check out these verses:
Ephesians 4:26-27: “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.”
James 1:19-20: “My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.”
Proverbs 29:11: “Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.”
Ecclesiastes 7:9: “Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.”
Proverbs 15:18 – An angry man stirs up dissension.
Colossians 3:8 – We must rid ourselves of anger
Proverbs 16:32 – A man who controls his anger is mightier than a warrior.
There is much wisdom in the Bible regarding anger, but if we are to become overcomers, we need to do what it says and not just read about it.
WHAT TRIGGERS ANGER?
Anger is usually triggered by something or someone that provokes irritation, in most cases an offense. I think we all understand offense because we have at some point or another been a victim of it. We need to understand that offense will be part of life (Luke 17:1) however, our response can be tempered. We do not have to give in to jealousy, envy, bitterness etc…these are like poison that lead to anger.
The Bible warns us to be on guard against a prowling devil and to put up the shield of faith to defend ourselves against the fiery arrows of offense that the enemy throws at us (Ephesians 6:16). Next time someone tries to offend or irritate you, stop, take a deep breath, refuse words of accusation and irritation and speak peace over the situation and don’t allow anger fuse to get lit.
“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; but in the end you are the one who ends up getting burned. Only forgiveness truly works!” (author unknown)
We must choose the high road, the way of the Kingdom and that always means forgiving others.
In Jesus’ Our Father prayer, the forgiveness of our sins is predicated on us forgiving others. We cannot live forgiven, unless we forgive others. Drop that hot coal, it’s as hot as hell. Choose forgiveness instead.
Take inventory–who has wronged you or what situation has come hard against you that has left you irritated, angry and ready to retaliate? Can you take a step back and apply the above principles?
At this point whether you believe it or not, if you choose forgiveness, you will sense a release of peace and conflict resolution in your heart. Your prayers won’t be hindered and you can still worship with child like abandon, which is what Father desires.
Go ahead and try it this week!
Davide has a unique communication style that has given him a platform in the marketplace to use his “get the job done” skill set.God has instilled in Davide a passion to equip the body of Christ through teaching, mentoring and speaking life through experience and wisdom of years.He is deeply passionate about pursuing and cultivating the presence of God. He currently lives with his wife of 31 years, Lois in Charlotte, NC. They have 3 amazing children with their married spouses.