Angry Folk // Sunday, September 7
Posted: Sunday, September 7
Song of Solomon 5:1-8:14
2 Corinthians 9:1-15
Verse of the day:
Don’t befriend angry people or associate with hot-tempered people, or you will learn to be like them and endanger your soul. (Proverbs 22:24-25)
We all know angry people. The type of people that you never quite feel safe around because there is the potential that when they are around someone is going to get yelled at. The type of people that you never want to be the one who has to deliver bad news to. The Bible warns us about getting close to these types of people because if we do we will learn their ways and potentially endanger our own soul.
What’s the big deal with anger? Why would anger send us down a path where our soul would be endangered? Ephesians 4:26-27 says, “And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.” The enemy is only interested in our destruction and by allowing ourselves to be controlled by anger we are opening the door for him to come into our lives. When I find myself getting angry and being tempted to hold on to the anger I try to remind myself that if I choose to hold on to the anger I’m allowing the devil into my life. That usually helps bring the situation into perspective—nothing is worth holding on to if it’s going to allow the devil to have a foothold in my life.
The Bible doesn’t say that we should never feel angry but it points out that it is important how we handle our anger. If handled recklessly anger can bring pain to others and destroy even the most important relationships. We should deal with our anger immediately in a way that is pleasing to God and that can bring healing to the relationship.
Do you struggle with letting anger get the best of you? Are you angry with someone right now? What can you do to resolve your differences and let your anger go?
Pastor Stephanie Humpa // Care Ministries Pastor