by Douglas M. Williams, Sr.
“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1).
“Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil” (Psalm 37:8).
“Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:31-32; Colossians 3:8).
“Be angry, and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your wrath” (Ephesians 4:26). Continue reading
Three times in his opening statement, young Elihu talks about “what I know” Job 32.6, 10, 17. He could hardly wait for the three older friends of Job to stop talking. They failed to convince Job of his sin, and now he’s sure he can do it. He’s going to “explain” it to them. Continue reading
“He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.” (Proverbs 16:22)
Anger isn’t always a bad emotion…it’s just not always good.
Family feuds, street fights and global warfare has been waged more times than one would want to count simply because water isn’t the thing that can boil-over.
Self-control is vital when it comes to anger or else the anger will control us. Many times it has been said that an individual “lost his or her temper” when we should probably say that the individual “lost his or her temperance”. Great strength (and wisdom) is far and above displayed in the ability to control our self in place of the ability to control someone else. Perhaps this is why the saying, “he who angers you controls you” is so pertinent when it comes to Proverbs 16:22. When anger gets the best of us, we think we’re going to get the best of someone else, when in reality they may have already got from us exactly what they wanted.
A controlled anger makes us stronger than the mighty and greater than the conqueror – and that’s why a controlled anger leads to better things being poured into the cup we call our heart.
““Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.” (Ephesians 4:26-27)
It was a family fight, but this one took a wrong turn. Husband and wife were at it in a hot dispute of some sort, when 38-year-old Julian Burnett got all he could take and drove his red dump truck into the side of the house in Orange County, Florida. The crash not only ended the fight but hastened police intervention and Burnett was charged with aggravated assault. There is a proverb worth remembering: a hot head never makes for cool thinking. The easiest thing in the world is to lose your temper and do something stupid. The difficult thing is to be disciplined, to talk calmly and to act responsibly. It may be difficult, but the results are a lot easier to live with. This is Just A Minute.
“Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath,” (Ephesians 4:26)
The burrs under our saddle tend to stay there longer than they have to. They aren’t necessarily hard to remove, but…old fashioned stubbornness, right?
The longer a burr stays put, the more likely our anger is going to get the best of us. Much akin to the little teapot who can’t stand the pressure anymore – it’s going to let us know about it.
But all burr and teapot analogies aside, the apostle Paul ties together anger and sin and putting off until tomorrow what should be done today as a warning for a very good reason; and if you’re human then you know what that reason is.
Anger in and of itself is not wrong, but when that anger gets in and controls us and our plans then the anger has become a danger to our spirit which God desires to contain meekness, gentleness, kindness and holiness. You know, that stuff that anger tends to despise.
So the next time we get a burr under our saddle let us remember that the burr isn’t only effecting us, it’s affecting the way we treat our horse and the other people who are riding with us, and it’ll only get worse if we ride with it through the night. So maybe, just maybe, it’s worth the time it takes to get down off our horse to do a little house…err, make that saddle cleaning.
You don’t want to make a church-going secretary mad, at least not Bristow, Virginia Mona Shaw. Shaw, who was 75 at the time, and her husband, Don, had an appointment for a Comcast technician to install the all-in-one phone, internet and cable service. When the technician came two days late, he left without finishing and then two days later all their service was cut. They went to the local office and waited and waited for hours before being told the manager had left for the day. She returned with a hammer and vented her frustration by attacking the office computer. She was fined $350 and barred from all Comcast offices for a year. She says, “A few have called me a hero but most say I’m just an old lady who got mad. I had a hissy fit.” Count me among the latter. You never win hearts by losing your head. This is Just A Minute.
Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.
Proverbs 27:4: “Wrath is cruel and anger a torrent, But who is able to stand before jealousy?”
These are emotions that can get out of control, and therefore are dangerous for humans. “Anger, wrath, malice” are forbidden to Christians. “Anger” is irritation boiling up; “wrath” is anger carried over the next day(s); “malice” is the intent to harm the one who has provoked the anger (Colossians 3:8). We can get “angry” but must not lose control and “sin” (Ephesians 4:26); “the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:20); “jealousy” is wounded trust which may never be recovered, and is understandable in a husband whose wife commits adultery (Proverbs 6:32-35).
God is a “jealous God” (Exodus 20:4-6; Deuteronomy 6:14-19), because He expects those who agree to His covenant to be faithful in keeping their part of it. God is never out of control, but His “wrath” is against all who “do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:9-10; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).
These are emotions in humans we should strive never to provoke, and “A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1). Followers of Jesus Christ know He said: “Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9). These are “emotions” of God that are avoided by our obedience to Him. “And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned’” (Mark 16:15-16). Why cross a flooding water of emotions, now or forever?
All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.