Make No Decisions While Angry
Ephesians 4:26: Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 27 Neither give place to the devil.
James 1:19-20: Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: 20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
When we are angry, we have probably gotten angry too quickly and we have probably stayed angry too long. The only decision we should make while we are angry is not to be angry. When we are angry, any decision we make is probably going to give place to the Devil and is probably not going to accomplish the righteousness of God. When we are angry, what we are thinking and feeling are probably giving place to the Devil and are probably not according to the will of God.
Decisions made while we are angry should probably be reversed, undone, repented of and apologized for. God could have kept that person from doing what made you angry in the blink of an eye with one hand tied behind His back but He didn*t. When we are angry, we are probably sinning in one of two ways. We either believe that God was not powerful enough to prevent that bad thing and we are actually angry at HIM. Or we believe that He doesn*t love us enough to keep bad things from happening to us. Believing that God is not powerful or that He does not love us are insults to Him and are sinful.
Sam Snead was purported to have once told an untalented golfer who was angry after every bad shot: You are not good enough to be angry. We believers are seldom righteous enough to be angry. When we are angry at someone, it probably won*t hurt them, and it will only hurt us. Unless we plot to get some sort of revenge. Then we will hurt the others and ourselves and we will sin against God. Three sins at one time. We will actually try to do what God promises to do. He will do it right and we will certainly do it wrong.
Romans 12:19: Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
If we remember that we have sinned against God thousands of times, committing many worse offenses than have been committed against us, we will be more concerned about our sin than the sin of others.
Luke 7:47: Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.
Love and forgiveness are connected. Love wants to forgive. Anger probably does not. Forgiving others and being forgiven are connected.
Mark 11:25-26: And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. 26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
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