Happy Monday! I posted this topic before, on my old blog It’s a great reminder, therefore i decided to share it. (Hope you don’t mind if you have already read it).
“In your anger do not sin.”-Ephesians4:26
Some people over analyse anger. Being a Christian, some people would tell you it’s not right to be angry. Anger is not a sin. There is a type of anger of which the Bible even approves. Gotquestions.com calls it “righteous indignation.” This anger is usually based on a defense of others or of a principle. The anger we often experience is self-defense.
While meditating on the self-defense type of anger and how to not allow it to over take you, I reached out to my teacher (my husband) and the first thing he told me was “in your anger do not sin”(Ephesians 4:26). Then, he continued to elaborate by referring to the story of Cain and Abel. Cain was so angry that God accepted the sacrifice of his brother Abel and did not accept his. Although God tried to show him why his offering was not acceptable, he dwelt on his anger and allowed it to overtake him to the point of killing his brother (Genesis 4:3-7).
Cain and Abel both being, Adam and Eve’s children, were natural born with bad condition (sin), but, what separated the two is that Abel CHOSE to be good. Emotions like anger are natural reaction but conditions such as jealousy (which was Cain’s problem) or love have to do with what’s going on inside of you. When you’re angry with someone you have to resolve the issue with them. If it involves someone and, for some reason or another, you cannot reach out to them, take it unto yourself to reassess the condition of your anger. Ask yourself: “why I am angry? What did they say or do that made me angry and is worth staying angry?” Now, of course, in the moment this might not be the first route you will want to take. The bible tells us ” do not let the sun go down on your wrath” (Ephesians 4:26), meaning do not so much as carry anger over to the next day. During the day, do whatever it takes to get your mind out of the situation. Pray, take a nap, listen to music, take a walk or reach out to someone that would make you laugh or calm your mind. Why is this important? you might ask. My husband taught me that when given into too much emotionalism, such as anger, you won’t be able to make sound decisions. That’s why it’s important to do something positive or relaxing to come your mind down before re-assessing the source of your anger. “Sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it” (Genesis 4:7). If an improper type of anger is allowed to grow where it doesn’t belong, it will almost certainly lead to sin.
I share because I care. Please do take care. Blessings. Bisou.