Anger is a gift from God by Pastor Ed Young

My father, though, became angry at me and he banded me for life from the ping pong table.  He said, “You’ll never play again!”  But this past Christmas I did buy my kids a ping pong table and guess who showed up last week at my house? My brother!  And we went upstairs and we locked eyes, but we didn’t play.  I don’t know what it is about Ben. I don’t get mad if anyone else beats me, but Ben? I don’t know. It must be that whole brother thing.

Well, think about your situation.  Maybe you’re dealing with a toxic spouse.  May you’re dealing with someone who spews molten lava all over you at work.  Maybe you’re dealing with a coach who messes you around.  Maybe you’re dealing with a teacher or a friend and they have this anger problem.

There is a good side to anger and a bad side to anger.  Anger basically is neutral you could say. But from our perspective, which is God’s view, anger is a gift from God.  Say that with me.  Anger is a gift from God.  The Bible says this about anger. Turn to Ephesians 4:26 and 27. I’m going to warn you—these verses are dangerous for your emotional health.

“Be angry…” Don’t you like that?  The Bible says that. “Be angry, and yet do not sin…”

Go throughout the Bible and see how often God got angry.  Jesus got angry.

[The passage continues] “Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity.”

So there’s a helpful way to deal with anger and a harmful way, a good way and a bad way, a saintly way and a sinful way.

If I allow myself to get involved in sinful anger, the Bible says, I give Satan an opportunity.  In some translations, it means that I actually help him into my life.  I give him a boost. And I don’t want to do that.  You don’t either.

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