Have you ever said, “I’m just an angry person.” Or maybe, you say a certain person, place, or situation “just makes me so angry.” In those moments, who owns your heart? Who or what rules it as lord? Maybe you’re like others who are tempted to quote Ephesians, where we are told to be angry but not sin, as license to hold onto your rage. After all, you’re not pursuing a way to hurt the other person back, right? But what’s the condition of your heart? Your mind? And when that anger creeps out and does boil over, be ready- it will tarnish your testimony and become a hindrance to the gospel.
- What in the past has made you angry?
- How do you typically react to anger?
- How does your anger or your reaction affect your testimony?
- What steps do you need to take to control your anger (or what is your action plan when anger arises)?
- In what ways has anger taken root in you and turned into bitterness, hate, blame, etc.? How has holding onto this anger related to pride?
- How can you replace your anger with the love and compassion of Jesus?
The Bible instructs us to be slow to anger and refrain from it when possible. It warns that it leads to evil, foolishness, or bitterness. This week, when you are tempted to give into anger, remember that your heart belongs to God. Ask Him to rule in your heart in that moment, rather than giving anger the right to rule there.