“For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.” Romans 8:20 – 21
According to Pastor Rick Warren, an angry man, woman, or child is actually an insecure man, woman, or child. Many of us have a real problem with anger. We throw a fit when we are told “no”. We become irate when we have to wait in line. We lash out at others when we are cut off on the roadway and do not extend patience when we are inconvenienced. This is called “living in the flesh”. This is only natural for us since we are human beings with a sin nature.
Part of being a Christian is to start working on “living in the Spirit”. This means that because the Holy Spirit lives in us, we work really hard at thinking before we speak. When you are angry, ask yourself “why am I angry”. Then think about “what will my anger solve with this problem”. Usually our response to “the frustrations of life”, illustrates the true picture of our hearts. God, who searches our hearts, already knows our thoughts. He knows why we are triggered into anger. He knows that we are to insecure to handle a criticism, but allows “frustrations” or “tests” to challenge us to change. Anyone can “defend themselves” and lash out. The world does that. A true child of God, humbly prays and ask God for strength to control their anger. This will be one of the hardest things we will ever do, but it is so precious in God’s sight. Anger is bondage, let it go.
1.) When was the last time I got angry?
2.) What “triggers” or makes me angry?
3.) What did my anger do to fix the problem?
4.) How did I feel after I got angry?
For those who really struggle with this, I challenge you to read Romans 8 and Ephesians 1