Anger is a Snare

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This morning, I am making a special prayer, ‘Lord, make me like a child’ This is why: One minute a child is very angry, maybe they have not received what they were demanding for, they roll on the floor  in tears; the next moment they are laughing, watching cartoons. Wait that’s not the end, when the same parent who made them angry comes in, they run towards them and welcome them, as though nothing had happened. I see that with my nephew, when the little boy is angry, it is scary, no one wants to handle him, but it never lasts, before you plan on how to settle him down, you hear his laughter.

Lord, make me like a child, that even when I get angry, I will not let the anger control me and make me sin. Sometimes when someone makes me angry, I desire to make them angry too, I plot in my mind how best they can feel what I am feeling. Yet I know that it is wrong. We all get angered by people and situations; even Jesus was angry in Matthew 21:12, He entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. He was angry at them. However the Bible still says that Jesus knew no sin, (2 Corinthians 5:21) this means that He did not allow anger to control Him to sin.

You and I will probably be angered by something today; it is a norm of life. Not everyone supports you, not everyone is happy for you, not everyone wishes you well. Some people will hurt you knowingly and others unknowingly. We have no control over what others do, but we have control on how we react. No matter how angry we get, we are called upon not to sin. (Ephesians 4:26) In fact, the word of God says, ‘do not let the sun go down while you are still angry’  In my experience, it can be difficult to let go, one can get angry over something that happened days, months or even years ago. No amount of counseling and motivational talk can drive away anger; it can only be driven out by the power of the Holy Spirit. Some people have been told ‘sorry’ a million times, but are still angry over an issue. This is because it cannot be taken away by a human being.

We are also told not to let anger rest in our bosoms, once we are angered we should work on letting it go as soon as possible, because it is a foolish decision to allow anger to rest in us. Ecclesiastes 7:9 ‘Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, For anger rests in the bosom of fools.’ No one likes to be called a fool, especially by a higher power. So when the Bible implies that certain habits and actions signify that you are a fool, it should bother you. Anger has no profit, it kills from within, it causes one to sin, it distorts one’s perspective. It is a snare that causes harm and no good.

May the Lord make us like children, who are slow to anger and quick to forgive: May His power drive away every bitterness of the past that has rested in our hearts. May we be set free, may the Lord create in us clean hearts and renew the right spirit within us.

Selah

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