Breaktime: Overcoming Anger
“Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil.” Psalm 37:8
We all have had moments of anger−the emotion which paralyzes our thinking process. It is in this moment which David is asking us to refrain from responding. He is teaching us to turn from giving anger a chance to respond emotionally with evil intent.
“In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.” Eph. 4:26
Paul says it this way, “when we get angry do not sin.” Not IF we do, but WHEN we do. Anger blinds us from responding in Christ, but gives the enemy access to our reply. Often our comeback is a reaction of emotion which is blinding love. Anger overcomes us so quickly it calls for an immediate reaction.
The best thing to do is turn and walk away until we can reason it through. Allowing God in the scene gives room for us to respond in love. When we acknowledge His presence, it is very difficult to react unreasonably. The enemy loves it when people get angry at each other because it breaks relationship. And often after it is broken, it takes a humble reaction to restore. Wonder how many relationships are broken because of anger getting in and pride keeping them apart? Life is too short to allow anger to keep us apart.
Today in the Workplace:
Is there anyone you are angry with?