Have you ever been so angry or irritated with something or someone that you feel consumed by this anger? I am sure we have all been in this place some time or other in our lives. It is not a sin to get angry, Jesus Himself got angry. It is how we react, how we respond to our anger that matters. We can not let it fester until it totally consumes us, like taking over our every thought, so that every time we speak to someone, we speak about this problem. It is so easy to get caught up in that whirlwind.
We need to remember first and foremost what Jesus tells us to do, and that is to walk in love. We can disagree with someone, even get angry with them, but we must still walk in love toward them. We must keep a Calm Spirit.
I read this today in one of my devotionals about having a calm spirit. I loved the verse they gave.
Prov.17 v 27.....He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.....
You see this doesn't necessarily mean book knowledge, this means knowledge of what the LORD says about walking in love. Because if you are walking in love toward your neighbor you will be able to have understanding over the situation. In other words you won't get so caught up in your anger that you forget about the person involved.
Sometimes we can get so caught up in our own anger that we hurt the innocent ones involved. Sometimes people can get us so turned around in our thinking that we indirectly hurt those that we love and want to help. What we have to remember here, is that it is not the person we are angry with, or wrestling with. We need to remember the scripture that tells us, that we wrestle not with flesh but principalities of darkness. We have to look past the person with own own eyes, and see what we can not see, and that is the spirit of darkness trying to stir up trouble.
Ephes. 6 v 12.....For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.....
You see it is not the person you see in front of you making you angry, it is the spirit of wickedness working through them. We need to pray and hold our tongues and let the heavenly places above take care of these spirits.
So next time someone at work, or in the family, or wherever tries to hurt you or make you angry, DON"T BITE, it is the spirit of darkness trying to lure you into a trap of anger, so that you will wither and die both in your spirit and also in your health.
Remember, walk in love and you will prevail every time. AMEN!