Thank God it’s Friday! This is a saying that we have been using for years to signify there thankfulness for the upcoming weekend. I know all across the country there are people heading to their cars to go to the first happy hour they can find to rid themselves of the frustrations that come with a 9-5 job. I admit that I was one of these people for many years. It can be frustrating when we give our all to a position and management takes us for granted. Anger breeds in these types of situations.
I remember working in a banking call center and I’m telling you, I had to pray every day before I clocked in there. And I know what my weaknesses are, and one of them in the past has been anger. Now don’t get me wrong, I still have a touch of road rage, and sometimes my language isn’t the best. But you know what? I may not be where I need to be but thank God I’m not what I used to be. While I was working there I decided in my downtime to look up some scriptures to help with anger. Because the bible tells us that we have to put away these things (Colassians 3:8). So we owe it to God and ourselves to overcome a spirit of anger with the word of God and with our actions. As I searched for scriptures to help me conquer this issue I stumbled across a list of ten scriptures to help me. I quickly printed them out and hung them in my cubicle. I didn’t care who saw them, and I didn’t care about the enemy attacking behind it, because I wanted God to be pleased with me and I wanted to be a better person. I still have this list and I have 5 of them that I constantly remind myself of every day.
- God is a righteous judge. A God who displays his wrath everyday-Psalms 7:11
When I saw these words I immediately was motivated to write this post. When I was little I used to always hear my mom say “There’s a God who sits high and looks low” and yes he does. These words should reverberate in your spirit as if God is tapping you on your shoulder and reassuring you that he is in control. We serve a God that stands behind what is right. If we are truly seeking his face and are walking as if we know in our hearts that we have an inheritance awaiting us, we should be confident in the fact that God will intercede in any and every situation. He will show up when the enemy uses others around us to attack us and carry out his evil.
- In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down on your wrath. And do not give the devil a foothold.- Ephesians 4:26-27
It wasn’t until I began study that I really understood these words. People say you shouldn’t go to bed mad but I believe when the scripture says to not let the sun go down, it means to not leave the situation unresolved. Matthew 18:15-17 tells us how to confront a situation between ourselves and another person, and it’s not always easy. But when we inform others that we are offended, we are showing God that we seek to forgive the same way he forgives us. By doing this we are extinguishing the darts of the enemy by our obedience.
- My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. James 1:19-20
I’m sorry but nothing aggravates more than to be in an argument with someone and before it’s all over the argument isn’t about a topic but more about taking personal jabs. Whenever this happens this is an example of human anger. Because once an argument turns from subject matter to being personal we’re no longer communicating and listening, we are simply hearing and responding. Nothing is ever solved that way. This is why it is important not to only hear but to “listen”. By doing this we understand each other deeper.
- A person’s wisdom yields patience; It is ones glory to overlook an offense- Proverbs 19:11
When we know that it is right to listen, and that anger doesn’t produce God’s righteousness we can be patient with those who don’t know any better. In this we can be victorious.
- Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit for anger resides in the lap of fools- Ecclesiastes 7:9
We can’t as children of God allow our spirit to be triggered by others. It is foolish to allow anger to overcome you and overtake your spirit. If we feed our spirit with the word of God we can fly high at a higher altitude with Jesus as our pilot over the enemy and all of his devices.