Anger is a Set-Up!
“Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.” Psalm 37:8
There’s a proverb that goes, “Anger is a setup!” and it couldn’t be more true. When we get angry, we often say and do things that we regret. And, more often than not, the thing we’re angry about usually isn’t worth getting worked up about in the first place. The Bible has a lot to say about anger. Psalm 4:4 says, “Be angry, yet do not sin; on your bed, search your heart and be still.” In other words, when we get angry, we need to make sure that we’re in control, not our anger. Remember, it’s easy to get caught up in our own emotions and forget what God wants us to do.
In Las Vegas, Nevada, a woman was sentenced to prison for the death of an older man whom she pushed off a bus in the act of extreme anger. The incident took place in March 2019 when the woman became enraged with the man for standing too close to her. Despite the old man’s advice to her “to be nicer to passengers,” the woman didn’t yield. She still decided to push him off while exiting the bus, and the older man hit his head on the pavement, resulting in his death. The woman pleaded guilty in the case and received a sentence of 8 to 20 years. But, unfortunately, she gives the devil a foothold.
Ephesians 4:26-27 says, “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.”
Brethren, don’t sin by letting anger control you because it’s a setup tool the devil uses to get people into trouble. Anger can be a very destructive emotion, capable of causing great harm to ourselves and others. When anger is expressed in destructive ways, it often leads to regret and guilt, which can be very painful emotions to experience. Lack of anger management can make someone looks like a fool. That’s why Ephesians 4:31 says, “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.”
Anger is a setup tool for getting people into trouble. Therefore, it is important to learn how to deal with anger healthily to avoid negative consequences. When we get angry, we typically lose sight of what’s essential. We can end up saying and doing things that we regret, things that can hurt relationships with the people we care about. Therefore, anger is a tool the devil uses against our minds, so be careful. Proverbs 16:32 says, “Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.”
- Oh Lord, help me refrain from anger and forsake every bitterness in my heart in Jesus’ name. Amen.
- I pray for you that every evil spirit that might want to unsettle and destroy you would be destroyed in Jesus’ name. Amen.