Examine Your Anger
Sometimes anger explodes. Sometimes it festers and seethes. Sometimes it is dealt with properly. The only thing Christians should appropriately be angry about is sin. If they are angry about anything else there is something wrong spiritually. First of all they should be angry about sins that they themselves commit. Sins that harm others should also make them angry. Their anger at the sin of others should be in second place behind their anger at their own sin. Selfish people will be angrier at others than at themselves. The Bible gives some very stern warnings about inappropriate anger and the problems it causes.
Ephesians 4:26: Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
How long does your anger last? If you can*t get rid of it there is something wrong with your anger. Quick anger sometimes causes less damage than long-term anger. Angry people harm themselves and others. Continually angry people continually harm themselves and others.
James 1:20: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
When we are angry we are seldom in the will of God.
Proverbs 14:17: He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.
Adam Clarke*s Commentary:
Dealeth foolishly -- He has no time for reflection; he is hurried on by his passions, speaks like a fool, and acts like a madman.
John Wesley*s Notes:
Foolishly -- His passion hurries him into foolish speeches and actions. Wicked devices -- One who suppresses his passion, but meditates revenge. Hated -- Both by God and men.
Matthew Henry*s Commentary:
One. Passionate men are justly laughed at. Men who are peevish and touchy, and are soon angry upon every the least provocation, deal foolishly; they say and do that which is ridiculous, and so expose themselves to contempt; they themselves cannot but be ashamed of it when the heat is over. The consideration of this should engage those especially who are in reputation for wisdom and honour with the utmost care to bridle their passion. Two. Malicious men are justly dreaded and detested, for they are much more dangerous and mischievous to all societies: A man of wicked devices, who stifles his resentments till he has an opportunity of being revenged, and is secretly plotting how to wrong his neighbour and to do him an ill turn, as Cain to kill Abel, such a man as this is hated by all mankind. The character of an angry man is pitiable; through the surprise of a temptation he disturbs and disgraces himself, but it is soon over, and he is sorry for it. But that of a spiteful revengeful man is odious; there is no fence against him nor cure for him.
Matthew Poole*s Commentary:
(is hated) -- both by God and men, as being most deeply malicious, and like the devil, and most dangerous and pernicious to human society; whereas men that are soon angry give a man warning, and are quickly pacified, and therefore pitied and pardoned.
Proverbs 22:24: Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go:
A sinful thing that angry people often do is try to make others angry about the same things. We have heard about pity parties. Sometimes people seem to want anger parties. When a Christian tries to make others angry about sin it can be a good thing. But when he tries to get them angry at other things he leads them into sin.
Proverbs11:4: Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.
When a rich man is angry he is not rich, he is poor.
Titus 1:7: For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;
A spiritual leader or anyone who wants to serve God must be in control of his temper. Alcohol is the wrong way to deal with it. Anger produces violence. Anger also produces verbal abuse. We will be more useful to the Lord if and when we are not angry.