How to Deal with Anger - Your Daily Forward Devotional

How to Deal with Anger

July 10, 2020

Have you ever seen or experienced something painful and wrong, so the natural reaction was anger? We all have.

What did you do with that anger? Did you act upon it in an unhealthy way? Did you lash out? Did you slander someone? Did you gossip? Did you get revenge?

The Bible tells us, “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil” (Eph. 4:26-27).

Paul says it’s okay to be angry. It’s a God-given emotion. God experiences righteous anger, but God never reacts. God acts perfectly.

So when we feel angry, there’s a reason for it. Sometimes it’s justified. And other times it’s not. It’s pride. But when we experience anger, we should, as Paul says, don’t act sinfully because of it.

Instead, we should stop, address the issue, and lay it aside. Because when we don’t deal with it. When we hold onto anger and bitterness, we’re giving Satan a real opportunity to influence us to sin.

The next time you experience anger, ask, “Why? What should I do with it?” Then ask God to help you deal with it and move on.

Text in Context: Read Ephesians 4:17-32

Reflect: How do the mind, heart, and soul influence a non-believer’s actions? How should Christ impact our actions? How does someone “put off” your old self and “put on” your new self? What should show people around you this reality? How does your mouth reflect the new self?

Respond: How have you put on the new self? Where have you not put off your old self? How is anger still negatively influencing you? What can you today to live as your new self?

Prayer: Father, thank you for your mercy and grace. Thank you for loving me regardless of my behavior. Help me to act in accordance with who I am through your Son. I love you, God.  

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a year ago
But how do you 'deal with it and lay it aside'? It always comes back to reak havoc with me later when things go wrong.
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a year ago
Great question. I think a question to ask is "why?" Why are you angry? Is it justified? Is it righteous? Is it selfish? Is it a reaction to an old wound? Once you understand why you are angry then you can begin to ask God to help you forgive and move on.

One more suggestion is to meet with a Christian counselor of some kind. Find someone to unpack the anger and work on daily process of letting it go.
a year ago
Love this.
a year ago
Praying through this:

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no change, nor shadow of turning. 18. Having purposed it, He brought us forth by the Word of truth, for us to be a kind of first-fruits of His creatures. 19. So then, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath, 20. for the wrath of man does not work the righteousness of Elohim. 21. Therefore put away all filthiness and overflow of evil, and receive with meekness the implanted Word, which is able to save your lives.

James 1:17‭-‬21

As I meditate upon Your Word I choose to receive it with meekness. Help me to be a woman who is swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath.
a year ago
A good message for the contentious times we find ourselves in these days!
a year ago
I'm blessed this morning thanks so much
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