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September 13, 2013

September 13, 2013

September 13, 2013
John Chrysostrom,
Bishop of Constantinople, 407

"Resolve to Manage Your Anger"

“Love…is not easily angered.”1 Corinthians 13; 5 NIV

Today we begin six devotions on anger. It’s a topic that’s very difficult for some. I hope as we journey through it God will open our eyes to see His love and care and how to better handle our own anger.

Our verse for today says, “Love is not easily angered.” It doesn’t say love never gets angry. In fact, sometimes the most loving thing we can do is get angry.

We can love someone and still get angry at that person. Sometimes it is righteous; at other times it is selfish. But the people we love are the most likely to experience our anger.

God gave us the ability to be angry. It’s not anger that is the sin. It’s what we do with it and how we use it.

So if we can’t avoid it, what can we do with it? We can resolve to manage it so it becomes an asset instead of a liability. The goal of anger should not be hurting someone else or ourselves.

In the midst of an argument there may be an interruption and suddenly we let go of the anger in order to deal with the interruption. So we've controlled it there. We can resolve to control it at other times. What we need is God’s help.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don