One of the greatest trials I have as a Christian is anger. I can have quite the temper when the situation calls for it.
It’s not something that I am proud of, and something that I work on daily to fix. I find it especially hard to control my temper when I am driving. I am sure many of you can relate to this.
So how do you get rid of hate? How do you get rid of anger? It is a difficult task to be sure, but it is achievable.
Here is what the Bible says;
“31 Get rid of bitterness, rage and anger, outcry and slander, along with every form of malice.. 32 Be kind and tender-hearted to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you.”
What’s that old saying, ” you reap what you sow…”? If you nurture and spread seeds of hate, that is all you will grow in your heart and in your life. The seeds that we plant in our heart lead to what we harvest later. Just like the other adage says, “you made your bed, lay in it…”
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”
Take a long hard look inward. Do you like what you see? For me it is like staring into the mirror and being completely disgusted with what I see. Yes, people are going to anger you. Yes, people are going to betray, lie, steal and hurt others. When you let, anger control your actions the Bible tells us that we are prone to sin.
“In your anger do not sin…”
I can’t tell you how many times I have been driving my car and someone cuts me off, or does something reckless and like a river, the cuss words come spewing forth from my lips. I was a sailor, and in my past I was the poster child for “swears like a sailor”.
Or when that lady at the grocery store is behind me in line, and she is impatient and being rude. I have to fight the strong urge to turn to her and tell her exactly what I am thinking, and what she can do with her box of coupons. There is nothing righteous about these thoughts, feelings and emotions. Yet it is human nature to sin. We must fight these impulses and live a life that God desires from us.
James 1:20 says
“because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.”
Hate is hands down, one of the greatest dragons that I must slay in my life. Through prayer and worship, I give it all to God. The guy that cut me off driving this morning, the rude lady at the grocery store; all these things are fleeting and shouldn’t hold the impact on my life that I allow them too.
“Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.”
To anger and sin is to give the devil a foothold on your life. Ephesians 4:27. So stay safe out there everyone, and remember to remain calm, we are not perfect and we all fail. We are sinners. Born into sin. We are redeemed however, through the love and sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
People are going to make you angry. It is a fact of life. You are going to get angry at some point and fall down in your walk with God. The important part is to get back up and stay on the path that God has set before you.