Paul says, “In your anger, do not sin.” (Ephesians 4:26).
You can breathe a huge sigh of relief.
God knows we will get angry.
God created our hearts to love our children fiercely. Don’t threaten our babies, or Mama Bear is likely to growl.
God created us to love our spouses selflessly, as Jesus loves His Bride, but knows how selfish we can be causing marital conflict within.
God created us to love others in His name, yet we are to hate what is evil and cling to what is good (Romans 12:9).
We can look out our window or scroll Facebook or watch the news to know evil is at work.
Injustice against those whom we love, whether they are blood family, blue family, Christ family … stirs up anger.
How do we be angry and not sin?
In the moment your stomach sickens, your shoulders tighten, your arms cross … in that moment be aware of the anger climbing its way to the surface.
~Ask the Lord to put a guard over your mouth and your typing fingers.
Claim His truth in Psalm 141:3:
Set a guard over my mouth, Lord, keep watch over the door of my lips.
~Take a walk, as fast as you need to. I can remember a tough season in our marriage. I went for walks often “to find my grace place”. I didn’t trust myself to give grace in the moment. I had to seek His help. Now more than ever, we need His help.
~Once the initial anger tornado whirls past, seek His Word. If we are not supposed to sin when angry, then we cannot give the devil a foothold. Go to Truth, proclaim it and receive what He offers in the way of supernatural peace, strength, rest, wisdom.
~Keep watch of the time. The rest of Ephesians 4:26 says … Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. On the one hand, I love this challenge from heaven. I can hear God saying, did you think I couldn’t help you calm down before sunset?
On the other hand, recent events include several cold-blood murders. What are we supposed to do with the rampant lawless movement that seems antithetical to seeking justice?
Love must be sincere.
All fakers, false teachers, naysayers, people who don’t mean what they say need not apply
Hate what is evil.
Do not for one split second think you have to befriend any evil-doer. Pray for your enemies, ask the Lord to draw them near, to save them. But when we are instructed to hate what is evil, heaven has a bigger purpose than just being nice. As it is right now, there is opportunity brimming at the edge of every protest, there is hope rising amidst violence. I pray right now Lord raise up leaders among us to speak His message to the masses, to become activist leaders, to be His instruments of peace and hope.
Cling to what is good (Romans 12:9).
Hold fast to Jesus and those other believers who will come around you to pray, to point to His hope and saving grace. Be wise in whom you trust. Give God all the glory for how He provides, how He orchestrates, how He heals, how He protects. Let me blunt.
Don’t look for good in the world. Look for God in the world.
Look only to God, thank Him for everything He has done and will do. Expect Him to work in your favor, for You are His chosen. Trust Him to lead you to what is good. Offer yourself to Him to be used for others’ good.
Good is easy to recognize against evil, but more challenging to see in the midst of lies and temptations. Be sober and alert.
As dusk approaches … even this night …
consider the sunset a faithful reminder of His ability to calm your soul and prepare you for sleep. Then pray and trust He will continue to work in your heart during the quiet of the night. God wants you to be at peace, regardless of circumstances.
So much goodness in the Lord, more than we can ever imagine or grasp. He is with us, Immanuel!
Do you have trouble with anger? Are you managing anger in this time without sin? Do you need prayer?
I am thankful God brought you here. I pray His truth sinks into your heart, gives you assurance anything is possible, even anger with no sin.
Love in Christ,