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1)    The emotion of hate is not always wrong for a Christian to indulge in.

     “Ye that love the LORD, hate evil”. Psalms 97:10.

     “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.” Proverbs 8:13.

     “Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant”. Amos 5:15.

     The emotion of disrespect is also not always wrong for a Christian to indulge in:

     “And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect.” Genesis 4:4-5.

     “Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.” Psalms 40:4.

     Some were also rebuked because they chose to “hate the good, and love the evil” (Amos 3:2).  This reveals that even the more noble emotions can be wrong at times to indulge in.

2)    Our mind, our will, is to control our emotions.  If we allow emotions to control us, there will be no stability in our life.

     “He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.” Proverbs 25:28.

     “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” James 1:8.

3)     The Emotion of Anger

     “But I (Jesus) say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgement”. Matthew 5:22.

     “And when he (Jesus) had looked round about on them (Pharisees) with anger, being grieved for the harness of their hearts”.  Matthew 3:5.

     “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.” Ephesians 4:26-27.

     These verses reveal that not all anger is a sin, but it should be controlled and not allowed to remain more than a day.

4)    The great majority of anger is mixed up with selfishness, most commonly manifested through our words, which may include cursing and swearing.  Selfish anger is sin and takes us away from God.

     “Why doth thine heart carry thee away?...That thou turnest thy spirit against God, and lettest such words go out of thy mouth?  Job 15:12-13.

     “A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.  He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly”. Proverbs 14:16-17.

     “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger...be put away from you”. Ephesians 4:31.

     “For wrath killeth the foolish man”. Job 5:2.

     “Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne: Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.  Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.  But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.” Matthew 5:34-37.

     “Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.” Ecclesiastes 10:20.

     If we are gulty of selfish anger, recognize it and humbly repent, avoiding using excuses to justify our sin.

     “Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands?”  Ecclesiastes 5:6.

     “Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit....for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.  A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.  But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.  For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” Matthew 12:33-37.

5)   What are some practical ways to control selfish anger, and not manifest it through words and actions?

     “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.” Proverbs 16:32.

     “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.” James 1:19-20.

     “Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.” Romans 12:14.

     If we will do these things, then we can indeed become perfect!

     “If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.” James 3:2.  

6)    Uncontrolled anger will be manifested in our words and actions, and all kinds of problems will then occur!

     “Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.  Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.  Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!  And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell....But the tongue can no man tame (without God’s divine power); it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.  Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.  Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing.  My brethren, these things ought not so to be.  Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?  Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.  Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.” James 3:3-6, 8-13.

7)   How can we control anger, and instead remain silent or only speak words of blessing and not cursing?

     “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you...For every one that asketh receiveth...[and] your heavenly Father [will] give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” Luke 11:9-13.

     “...the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.” Acts 5:32.

     “God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.  Submit yourselves therefore to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.  Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded....Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” James 4:6-8, 10.

     These verses reveal that when the emotion of anger rises up, do not allow it to control, but humbly and quickly send a prayer to God asking Him to send you the Holy Spirit with divine grace and strength to resist this emotion.  Then submit yourself to do the will of God and not your own desire, and resist this anger in faith by refusing to allow it to be manifested in your words or actions.  You would be working in co-partnership with God in purifying your soul, and together you will gain a precious victory over your anger!

The 4 key steps in overcoming anger:

Recognize that you are getting angry,

Pray to God for grace and strength to overcome it,

Submit your will unto God and not unto the anger,

Resist the anger by putting forth efforts to remain silent or speak only good words.

Recognize, Pray, Submit, Resist.