Be angry, and do not sin. Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still. Offer the sacrifice of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord. Psalm 4:4-5 NKJV
God created us in His image and likeness. God gets angry. His anger does not distort His perfect judgment. God’s anger does not detract from His loving nature. God calls us to be perfect just as He is perfect. He calls us to be Holy just as He is Holy!
God knows when we get angry we will be tempted to react in sinful ways.
In my duties as a substance abuse counselor I spent a lot of time talking about anger. Anger is not a sin. It does lead to sin if we do not trust God with our emotions. Many of us have learned to express our anger in sinful ways.
How can we avoid acting out in sinful ways when we get angry? The Word of God gives us the answer. Meditate within your heart on your bed and be still.
God does not want us to sit in the lotus position and make funny noises when we are angry. The Lord wants us to meditate on truth. He wants us to turn to Him in prayer!
Meditating on truth is not a passive way of dealing with anger. It is spiritual warfare. It takes our focus off the lie that leads us into sin. It opens our hearts to the Lord. It opens our eyes to the sin that so easily besets us. Prayer brings God into the equation!
The Lord tells us to be still. When we are angry it is better to wait until the emotion wanes before making a decision or doing something that can never be undone!
The bible tells us to offer the sacrifice of righteousness. Jesus wants us to trust Him with our thoughts feelings and emotions. The Lord does not want us to act out in sin ways even when our anger is justified. Righteousness is living by faith in a faithful God!
We can trust God with everything. Our Lord holds the universe in the palms of His mighty hands. Our God is the ultimate authority over Heaven and Earth. If we trust Jesus with everything we won’t get angry about anything.
God knows we will become angry. He knows there will be times when we will act in sinful ways. When we have done something shameful we should turn to Jesus. We should trust Jesus to forgive our sin.
Trust the Lord with your anger. Trust Him enough to receive His forgiveness when you do sin!
Offer the sacrifice of righteousness through faith in Jesus. Almighty God can replace your anger with grace your resentment with thankfulness and your unforgiveness with mercy!
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