Life is hard. People are harder.
Conflict is around every bend, and anger follows us as a shadow to the past. Something that we long to forget seems to lurk in the corners of our minds, not letting us move up and on. The punishment of ill choices in actions, relationships, words and staleness seems to attach itself to us like a favorite pair of socks. Formed well to our feet with just enough support so our toes don’t break through, we long to toss is out, but the comfort of familiarity keeps us in custody for the long haul.
When do we stand in righteousness when it comes to anger? What is the limit before we are pushed into the realm of sin and offense? Is it ever okay to stew in the miscreancy of hurt bestowed upon us?
Psalm 7:11 ESV
God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day.
We don’t stand alone when others fault us. God understands our hearts despite our attitudes and reactions. He sees the hurts and wants us to gather close to Him in times of distress. We just knee-jerk our way through our anger. Without prayer or thought, we move and try to stab back. And when we sit on the pain that has been caused upon us, the agitation that is stirred up preys upon our hearts and riles us up to the point of not caring about what Jesus would do. We start to only care about what our revenge should be.
Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.
Be reminded that the Lord knows the heart and takes action for us.
Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”
While we process through tumultuous times, lean on the truth, turn your words and concerns to the Lord, and truly know that He is sovereign despite the trials we are facing. It’s hard, but this is what faith is all about. Let the Lord be your example. That hatred and sin can fall away as we walk towards forgiveness and broken bondage.
The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.While we process through tumultuous times, lean on the truth, turn your words and concerns to the Lord, and truly know that He is sovereign despite the trials we are facing. Click To Tweet
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2 thoughts on “Keeping Sin Out of Your Anger”
Such a powerful message that offers hard but necessary truth!
Thank you for writing this! Coming out of a season with a lot of anger I appreciate your scripture basis for this post and the reminder, “Be reminded that the Lord knows the heart and takes action for us.”