How to Overcome Anger as a Christian
There is a famous Scripture that reminds us of the consequences of anger. It is Ephesians 4:26 that says, “‘In your anger do not sin’: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.” The message is loud and clear, you can get angry but do not let it lead you into sin. Anger is a destructive emotion that destroys relationships and causes untold suffering and grief to people. If we are to overcome anger as Christians, then we have to know how to deal with it the biblical way.
From the above Scripture, we learn that we are to ensure we let go of the anger we feel before the day is over. When you carry anger forward into the next day and beyond, you are opening a door for the devil to come are wreck havoc in your life and the person with whom you are angry. It’s easy to justify your anger but according to the Bible, there is no justification for it, you are to let it go.
The Fruit of Anger
As you can imagine, the fruit of anger is nothing to write home about. James 1:20 tells us that human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires, and this is because it only leads to evil. You will struggle to do the right thing in a situation because of your anger toward others. Your natural reaction will be to lash out at them and make them feel bad about themselves.
When you allow your temper to rise and become hot, your will stir up conflict with others and this will lead to quarreling (Proverbs 15:18). Many times when you take out your anger on someone who has offended you, it is pent up anger from something else happening in your life. This does not mean that the other person has not wronged you, it only means that your overreaction is not commensurate with their offense.
Anger leads to evil (Psalm 37:8). When you are angry there is no good deed you can do for anyone but take out your anger on others. I’m sure you have seen or heard about someone who in anger killed someone and later regretted. When asked why they committed the murder, the person said they were angry but did not intend to kill but injure. The truth is that the person let their anger get the best of them. Angry people have shot, maimed and injured others because of their rage.
It is therefore important to learn how to deal with your anger before it escalates and causes you to sin against God and others. As a Christian, God has given you a way out of anger in His Word and we will look at some Scriptures that will help you overcome anger.
How to Overcome Anger as a Christian
1 Corinthians 13:5 says that love is not easily angered. When we allow our hearts to overflow with the love of God, we will not give in to anger when provoked by others. God’s love is not like that of the world because it is divine and comes from Him. The world sees love as more emotional and that is why it is conditional. Receive God’s love today and allow it to flow on to others you encounter each day. When your heart is full of divine love, you will refrain from giving angry responses to others.
One strategy to overcome anger is mentioned in James 1:19, “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry.” Sometimes we get angry because we judge a situation without all the facts instead of patiently listening to the whole story. Take your time to listen to the truth without judgment and understand where the other person is coming from. Be slow to anger because there will be a way to deal with the situation that is making you angry. You will only see the way out when you take a step back and deal with the issue when you are calm.
There are many things that will make you angry in the world, but you have to act in wisdom so that your anger will not lead you to sin. Proverbs 29:8 says that the wise turn away anger and this means that you can choose a wise response when faced with a situation that makes you angry. Walk away if you must.
Get rid of rage and anger in your heart so that you will not overreact when facing situations or people who provoke you and make you angry (Ephesians 4:31). God transforms our hearts when we get saved so that we will respond to His Word and not give in to our fleshly desires. When you react in anger, you are acting out of your flesh and not according to the desire of the Spirit.
If you are struggling with anger, pray and ask God to help you get rid of it. You do not have to be controlled by anger when prayer is powerful enough to deliver you from anything you are unable to overcome. James 5:13 reminds us that we should pray when we are in trouble, therefore, turn to God today knowing He will help you overcome your anger.
Proverbs 19:11 says “Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.” This means that you can be sensible enough in any situation and make the decision not to react in anger or forgive someone for an offense. It is not worth it to get into arguments with others to prove that you are right. Sometimes you will have to walk away from potentially volatile situations.
Anger is a destructive way to respond to issues, and it will make you lose friends. No one likes to hang out with a person who is given to anger all the time. God has given you His Word and His Spirit to help you overcome anger as a Christian.