Anger — beware of Satan’s snare

Posted: November 2, 2013 in Faces of Death
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“Don’t sin by letting anger control you.  Think about it overnight and remain silent.” (Psalm 4:4)

“Control your temper, for anger labels you a fool.”  (Ecclesiastes 7:9) “People with understanding control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness.” (Proverbs 14:29)  “Fools vent anger, but the wise quietly hold it back” (Proverbs 29:11)

Worldly anger is the door by which Satan has come into many a home and destroyed everyone inside. It is the breeding ground for all kinds of devastation and the antithesis of God’s righteous anger, which is holy.

The Christian must discern between worldly and righteous anger and stay alert and on guard against worldly anger at all times.

We are to guard our hearts and minds against it and also take care not to provoke it in others. “A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.” (Proverbs 15:1) If we do provoke it in others, we are commanded by our Savior to make it right with them as soon as we realize that we have offended them (Matthew 5:23).

The Holy Scriptures tell us that those with understanding control their anger (Proverbs 14:29); those who are sensible control their temper and earn respect by overlooking wrongs (Proverbs 19:11).  The Scriptures tell us that hot-tempered people are fools who commit all kinds of sin (Ecclesiastes 7:9 and Proverbs 29:22)

A fool:

Lacks self-control and makes fun of guilt (Proverbs 5:23 and Proverbs 14:9)

Likes to hear himself talk and thinks his own way is right (Ecclesiastes 5:3 and Proverbs 12:15)

Responds hastily before listening to the facts (Proverbs 18:13)

Is without understanding; Values his own opinion over understanding (Deuteronomy 32:28 and Proverbs 18:2)

Feeds his mind with trash (Proverbs 15:14)

Chooses wrong over right and thinks it’s fun (Ecclesiastes 10:2 and Proverbs 10:23)

Despises wisdom and discipline; Hates knowledge and lacks good judgment  (Proverbs 1:7, Proverbs 1:22 and Proverbs 8:5)

Slanders others (Proverbs 10:18), Belittles his neighbor and insists on quarreling (Proverbs 11:12 and Proverbs 20:3)

Brags; Is proud and plots evil (Proverbs 14:3 and Proverbs 30:32)

Is lazy and thinks only about having a good time (Ecclesiastes 4:5, 10:15 and Ecclesiastes 7:4)

Does not keep the commands of the Lord; Says in his heart ‘There is no God” (1 Samuel 13:13, Psalm 14:1 and 53:1)

Vents anger (Proverbs 29:11)

Each attribute of the fool directly conflicts with the holiness and righteousness of God.  Often, anger causes foolishness.  Imagine how many people who were otherwise upstanding in their lives have allowed anger to consume them and, in turn, have committed sins against themselves and others, violating their conscience, values and character and producing a domino effect of consequences.

This is not to say it’s a sin to get angry.  Anger is a natural human emotion.  But we must submit our emotions to the will of God or otherwise walk right into Satan’s plan of destruction for our lives.

The Most High God warns us against letting anger gain control of us.  If we obey Him and seek His counsel when we experience anger, He will keep our foot from getting caught in Satan’s trap of death; He will keep us from suffering the consequences and fate of fools (Proverbs 13:14).

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