Day 268: Dealing With Anger

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Sunday, September 25th, 2016
Isaiah 45:11-48:11
Ephesians 4:1-16
Psalm 68:19-35
Proverbs 24:3-4
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

“Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil. – Eph 4:26-27

The Bible does not say we should never get angry. On the contrary, Scripture specifies that we should never convert our anger into sin. We should ask God’s Holy Spirit to help us deal with our anger in productive ways, instead of allowing it to turn into harmful words and actions.

God hates sin (Ps 5:4). Scripture exhorts us to hate sin because it separates us from God. Sin should make us angry! Worldly conditions that run contrary to God’s will should make us upset! When we read about shootings in the news, we should be upset. We should have a healthy zeal for the Lord that spurs us to action when required. We should be moved by injustice, and use our anger for good. Righteous anger can be a powerful motivator for passionate prayer.

Do you feel angry? Use it to pray fervently. We must hate the sin, but love the sinner. We must passionately pray against Satan’s plans in prayer, but lovingly support every effort on the part of our brothers and sisters to be restored. Other people can never be the object of our anger; if they are, Satan wins.

Prayer:

Father, keep me from sin. Your word says I am dead to sin; so in Jesus’ name, I ask that You would really help me feel like it, every day of my life! Help me to be moved by injustice, and channel my anger into passionate prayer.

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-268-grace-beyond-measure/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-268-full-time-ministry/

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