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IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – October 8, 2020

IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – October 8, 2020

Anger Management

By Jodie Montgomery

Exodus 32:22 Aaron said, “Do not let the anger of my lord burn; you know the people yourself, that they are prone to evil.”

 

In this day of anger management, we need to remember that a person that is good will get angry…sometimes. They will not be characterized by anger even though there is a righteous anger in response to injustice, in response to wrong. This anger is reflective of our Maker. This anger has a place in the redemptive work of mankind. Sexism, racism, favoritism, terrorism … death, suffering, abuse … we may sorrow over these things, but anger may also be apropos when we see the destructive nature of evil and sometimes the source of the evil firsthand. If we have no passion for fighting evil then maybe our greatest enemy is apathy.

This type of anger, righteous anger, is really only something God can sustain. We are not wired for this. Our humanness limits our ability to rightly judge all and to maintain right judgment. Only God is fully righteous. We must be cautious about anger and living in anger as we become destructive to ourselves and others when we live angry. We are called to turn our indignation over to all-knowing God knowing He is just and will avenge the oppressed. 

For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God; and that no man transgress and defraud his brother in the matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you. 1 Thessalonians 4:3-6

Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way, for His wrath may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him! Psalm 2:12

Then the earth shook and quaked; and the foundations of the mountains were trembling And were shaken, because He was angry. Psalm 18:7

How long, O Lord? Will You be angry forever? Will Your jealousy burn like fire? Psalm 79:5

Do not be eager in your heart to be angry, for anger resides in the bosom of fools. Ecclesiastes 7:9

 Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor, for we are members of one another. Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity. Ephesians 4:25-27

This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. James 1:19-20