We might be able to justify becoming angry when certain offenses are directed our way. But we should keep in mind that, even in those cases where no one would blame us for getting angry, expressing anger in a manner that does not reflect God’s character puts us in the wrong. The Scriptures provide insight into how to approach this challenging balancing act.
God, when I think I have just cause to be angry, please help me discern the right response and do it.
The apostle Paul warns against wrongdoing resulting from unpleasant attitudes such as anger.
Ephesians 4:26, 31-32
What are your thoughts about the dos and don’ts in today’s reading? A few are listed below (paraphrased). Do these seem reasonable to you? What can you do differently to focus on the affirmative statements?
Don’t get so angry that you sin
Say the right thing at the right time
Don’t go to bed angry
Be kind and merciful
Don’t yell at one another or curse each other or ever be rude
Forgive others, just as God forgave you because of Christ.
Invite someone you trust to hold you accountable to practice the ‘dos’ from the chart provided. Share with them the area(s) with which you struggle the most and ask them to partner with you in prayer about it/them.