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Be Ye Angry, and Sin Not
PAUL TO THE EPHESIANS
Apostle Paul in Ephesians 4:26-27 said to the Ephesians, "Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: (v. 27) Neither give place to the devil."
From these two verses, we can deduce that "anger" is from the devil tempting the unwary souls, who are either unaware of the wiles of the tempter, or do not have self control over their own emotions.
Let us take a look back to the Old Testament where a parent is given instruction how to train up a child. If parents train a child to be loving, he will grow into a loving adult. If a child is taught to share his toys with others, he will grow up to be generous. A child learns from the teachings of his parents. They can mold his character when he is young, but when older he may learn from his peers. The parents can correct his character as he grows into adulthood. A person's character is formed from young.
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.
WHEN AN ADULT BECOMES A CHRISTIAN
When an older person becomes a Christian, he must undergo baptism to have his sins forgiven by God through the blood of Jesus. In baptism, he dies in the likeness of Jesus' death and emerged as a new born in Christ as he starts his new life as a Christian. The new Christian must also learn as a child in Christ as he progresses.
The most important thing the Christian should learn is "Love" of God and Man.
IMPORTANCE OF LOVE IN TRAINING A CHILD
The training of the child must include "Love", which is love of God and love of "Man".
- If ye love me, keep my commandments.
Matthew 22:37-40; Mark 12:30,33; Luke 10:27
- Jesus said unto him, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. (38) This is the first and great commandment. (39) And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. (40) On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
1 John 5:3
- For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
If the child loves God, he will obey God and keep God's sabbath. However, if he has learnt how to love Man, he will honour his parents, will not kill another person, not commit adultery, not steal, not bear false witness, and not covert his neighbour's house, wife, or anything belonging to his neighbour. Through his training as a child to have correct behaviour, he will grow up to be a dutiful adult obeying his parents, loving his neighbours and a good citizen.
ANGER OF JESUS
Let us look at the behaviour of Jesus Christ and see how He behaved when He was angry. A person can imitate His behaviour when Jesus was provoked. It does not mean that you cannot be angry at all if you are a Christian. You may be angry when you see an injustice, any wrongdoing, and provoked without cause,
Jesus overthrew the tables of money changers and seats of them
Matthew 21:12-13; Mark 11:15
- And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves. And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
After accomplishing His task, Jesus went about His task of healing the blind and the lame who came to the temple for help. He did not dwell on His anger.
- He rebuked the wind (Matthew 8:26; Mark 4:39; Luke 8:24).
- Jesus rebukes the devil (Matthew 17:18).
- Jesus rebukes Peter (Mark 8:33).
- Rebuked the fever (Luke 4:39)
A person can be angry at wrong doing, but he must calm down reasonably soon. He can remedy or make the wrong right if if is possible for him to do so. Otherwise, he can relegate the task to another person who is more capable.
LET NOT THE SUN GO DOWN ON YOUR WRATH
Be angry but let not anger continue until the next day. Take the example of Jesus Christ and move on to the next task. In the New Testament, Jesus said that there were only two commandments, Love God and Love Man. You must forgive him his faults and try to help him change into a better person. You must not hold a grudge and start afresh every day. God forgives your faults and you must forgive the faults of others.
- Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.
- Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.
- He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.
NEITHER GIVE PLACE TO THE DEVIL
The title of this paragraph is from Ephesians 4:27.
- Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, "VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY," saith the Lord.
- Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
1 Peter 5:8-9
- Be self-control and alert. Resist the devil for he prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking his prey. Resist him, standing firm and stedfast in the faith, "knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world." All your brothers are facing the same problem and surviving.
HOW ANGER AFFECTS YOUR HEALTH
How anger affects your health - NHS. UK
Intense and uncontrolled anger is linked to health conditions such as:
- high blood pressure,
- skin conditions such as eczema,
- digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS),
- heart attack, and
It can weaken your immune system so you are more likely to pick up infections and you are less able to recover from operations, accidents or major illnesses. Anger also makes you more sensitive to pain. If anger is hidden or buried, it can lead to:
- eating disorders,
- misuse or drugs and/or alcohol, and
- low self-esteem
MAYO CLINIC STAFF: ANGER MANAGEMENT TIPS
10 tips to help get your anger under control
- Take a 'timeout.' Although it may seem cliche, counting to 10 before reacting really can defuse your temper.
- Get some space. Take a break from the person you're angry with until your frustrations subside a bit.
- Once you're calm, express your anger. It's healthy to express your frustration in a nonconfrontational way. Stewing about it can make the situation worse.
- Get some exercise. Physical activity can provide an outlet for your emotions, especially if you're about to erupt. Go for a brisk walk or a run, swim, lift weights or shoot baskets.
- Think carefully before you say anything. Otherwise, you're likely to say something you'll regret. It can be helpful to write down what you want to say so that you can stick to the issues. When you're angry, it's easy to get sidetracked.
- Identify solutions to the situation. Instead of focusing on what made you mad, work with the person who angered you to resolve the issue at hand.
- Use 'I' statements when describing the problem. This will help you to avoid criticizing or placing blame, which can make the other person angry or resentful — and increase tension. For instance, say, "I'm upset you didn't help with the housework this evening," instead of, "You should have helped with the housework."
- Don't hold a grudge. If you can forgive the other person, it will help you both. It's unrealistic to expect everyone to behave exactly as you want.
- Use humor to release tensions. Lightening up can help diffuse tension. Don't use sarcasm, though — it's can hurt feelings and make things worse.
- Practice relaxation skills. Learning skills to relax and de-stress can also help control your temper when it may flare up. Practice deep-breathing exercises, visualize a relaxing scene, or repeat a calming word or phrase to yourself, such as "Take it easy." Other proven ways to ease anger include listening to music, writing in a journal and doing yoga.
In conclusion, the Christian under attack by evil can rely on what he has learnt as a new born child of Christ to ward off attacks. His reliance on the Holy Spirit will stand him in good stead. Futhermore, there are 10 tips from the Mayo Clinic staff to help him get rid of the anger that arises in his heart. The reality of forgiving is LOVE.
LOVE CONQUERS ALL.
LOVE CAN OVERLOOK ANY PROBLEM.
LOVE CAN STRENGTHEN BONDS.
BIG PROBLEMS CAN BECOME MINOR ONES.
LOVE COVERS A MULTITUDE OF SINS.
LOVE CAN OVERCOME ALL FAULTS.
LOVE CAN FORGIVE ANYTHING, AND ANYONE.
FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE OF JESUS CHRIST.
BE YE ANGRY, AND SIN NOT.
All glory to God.
Be Ye Angry, and Sin Not
Do you agree that we can be angry, but must forgive because of Jesus ?
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