Title: Anger And The Christian_2
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In the first part of this article, it was made clear that every living being has the potential to be angry and so should prepare for the proper management of anger which will eventually arrive, depending on the tolerance level of each individual.
Below is the concluding part of this article. The first part can be downloaded from the following site address: www.crossandcrownchristianministry.org.
Do all you can to prepare for it and manage it well when it comes but because, again you are human, there is always the chance of failure, which is why Counsellors in anger management in human beings can also be found getting angry so one will need to rely on Him that can help one through those times, not because He does not get angry too, but because what gets Him angry is what you are avoiding when you submit to Him. The Almighty God gets angry with men when they ignore Him and all He offers, believing they can live a perfect life without His guidance. All kinds of theories are postulated to give the impression that men can live a life independent of their creator. It is simply impossible for man to live a perfect life without operating with the guidelines of the creator.
Simply pleading with God and relying on His spiritual guidance during all periods including periods of anger remains the best of solutions. Before anger comes, plead with Him to help chase the spirit of anger away, which the Bible says is the work of flesh, and that He should grant you His Holy Spirit, which has, as part of its fruits, forbearance and self control, both of which remain the only perfect remedies for anger – Gal. 5:19-23. One with both attributes will defeat anger in all its ramifications as they both remain the perfect anti-dotes for anger. Plead with Him to grant you His Holy Spirit and success with this prayer will definitely save you from the negative effects of badly managed anger. What a simple solution to a very destructive problem but it works. Try it! It really works.
Although it is very important that anger be well managed, it must be stated that one cannot pray not to ever get angry. This is because, like Fear, anger has its advantages that will make it essential for life. As earlier stated, it will be impossible for anyone to avoid been angry, no matter how much preparation one makes to avoid it so beyond taking the steps earlier recommended which are aimed at managing anger, anger is also required for progress in some areas of life. Not only can being angry with people help them to make progress, one may sometime have to be angry with oneself to act as a motivation for better performances in future just as such anger can be directed at people we love.
Like earlier stated, anger sometimes is the result of an under-performance by someone, based on a standard, thus creating some form of hurt or loss. Although it was not clearly stated in the scriptures, the reaction of the Almighty God to the transgression of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden is a typical anger reaction. They both, by eating the forbidden fruit, had shown complete disrespect for the person of the Almighty God by going against His instructions and equally shown lack of trust in Him by believing the story of the devil about God not wanting them to be like Him. Similar to what anyone will do in such circumstances, He not only sent them out of the garden but ensured they could not sneek back by placing a cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life – Gen. 3:24.
Also, the Almighty God in a statement that probably reflects his regret at cursing the ground and destroying all living creatures swore never to allow the action of man get Him to take such an action again – Gen. 8:20-22. He had probably not managed His anger very well else he probably would not have gone that far to express his disapproval with the conduct of man.
There was however no doubt that it was in anger He reacted to the decision of the Israelites to get involved with idolatry. He asked Moses to allow His anger burn against them, a request that Moses responded to by pleading with Him to “turn His fierce anger” away from the people – Exo. 32:7-14. More areas of the scriptures can be cited that point to the fact that the Almighty God does indeed gets angry and in the process, lots of people and things get destroyed but He remains God and His actions cannot be questioned by anyone.
Man seems equally capable of getting away with anger irrespective of what is destroyed for as long as it is about the protection of the image of the Almighty God. Moses on coming down from the mountain and confirming the act of idolatry by the Israelites got angry and in the process broke the tablets on which the laws of God were written in God’s own hand-writing, into pieces but there was no record of the Almighty God being angry with Moses – Exo. 32:19-24. If anything, he saw Moses as being zealous for Him and instantly arranged for a replacement of the broken tablets – Exo. 33:1-3.
Although it was the Lord that instructed that no one has a right to kill (Exo. 20:13), with the punishment of death reserved for such (Matt. 26:52), he nevertheless, honoured Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the Priest, for killing both the Israelite and the Moabite woman that were involved in the act of sexual immorality. He regarded him as being zealous for Him (God) and consequently made a Covenant of peace with him – Num. 25:1-13. There was also no record of any negative reaction of the Almighty God to the anger expressed by Jesus Christ when he drove the money changers out of the temple because they were involved in acts that brought the image of the Almighty God to disrepute – Matt. 21:12-13.
He however did not give Moses a second chance when he brought his name to disrepute in the process of demonstrating his anger with the Israelites for constantly making demands that was beginning to border on excessiveness. The mere striking of the rock in anger instead of talking to the rock was enough to deprive him of entry into the Promise Land – Num. 20:1-13. He accused him of not trusting Him, enough to honour Him.
As far as the Almighty God is concerned, all seems to be well if the Christian in anger breaks any of the rules that He, the Almighty God has established for as long as it was done to bring honour to Him. In that situation, He does not see the action that the anger generated but sees the intention behind the anger which is to bring honour to His name.
Christians must manage their anger when it is a situation that involves their fellow men as the Lord will pronounce judgement based on His laws and being angry will not be an excuse. However, they are to express anger at any act that brings the name of the Almighty God to disrepute if they are to be seen as been zealous for the Lord. Being comfortable with negative acts that dis-honour or disrespect the Almighty God, all in the name of avoiding anger may not be acceptable to him. In such situations, men may praise you for controlling your anger but that may not be the same judgement of the Almighty God.
In summary, anger is not the challenge of the Christian. It is what the Christian allows to trigger anger and what the Christian does in those moments of anger that matters. Motivate yourself and equally demonstrate your zeal for the Lord with anger but control your activities when angry. With the Lord you may get away with it as it will be counted in your favour, especially where it has to do with issues concerning His reputation but you may not be able to get away with uncontrolled actions traceable to anger, with men. With regards to anger, the Christian must be wise as a Serpent and be gentle as a dove – Matt. 10:16. May God guide all our actions especially during angry moments in Jesus name. Amen.
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