Love is not easily angered, it is not irritable, it is not easily provoked or annoyed. Love does not blaze out in passionate anger. The Bible tells us that when we are angry we should watch out not to sin, and should not let the sun go down on our wrath, and not give the devil a foothold.
We live in an irritable society, where most people do not want inconvenience of any kind. It is a world where most people hold offenses and blaze out in anger at the slightest provocation. There is a lack of self-control. We think that we are entitled to say whatever we want to say, we do not stop first to consider the cost; the cost to us and to other people. We are quick to speak and become angry most of the time, yet slow to listen.
We forget that human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.
Anger is an emotion, which if out of control, can produce a lot of damage. We are advised never to give the enemy a foothold in our lives. Anger that is out of control is one of the ways the enemy attacks and controls people. We are to forgive offenses and not internalize the things people have said or done against us. When anger is internalized, it turns into wrath, hostility, and bitterness. When we allow roots of bitterness to grow in our hearts, we create an open doorway for the enemy in our lives.
We are advised to forgive offenses.
A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense. Proverbs 19:11.
The Bible tells us that anger resides in the lap of fools, and that a gentle answer turns away wrath, and that a hot-tempered person stirs up conflict. May God help us to get rid of all anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from our lips.
Love is not easily angered, love is patient with the other person, love exercises self-control. Love does not say things that will hurt the other person, love always wants the best for the other person. When we love someone, we watch out our words not to be a source of offense and not to be hurtful in what we say or do. Love involves continuous dying to self, dying to the flesh. The flesh usually tries to stir up but we have to exercise self-control, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Bible tells us that we have not because we ask not – when we ask God for patience, for self-control, for gentleness; God will give that to us. We should never allow our emotions to control us, we are to take control, and never allow the enemy to convert us into his puppets. We are told that it is better a patient person than a warrior, and we are cautioned not to make friends with a hot-tempered person. Anger leads to evil.
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret – it leads only to evil. For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land. Psalm 37:8-9.
Love is not easily angered, it suffers long, it is kind both in words and actions. Words are powerful and we should watch out what we say to each other especially during those moments of anger. Wisdom tells us to calm down first before we say or do anything.
Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Selah. Psalm 4:4.
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