ANGER “WORTH CONSIDERING” 3//16/20 By Ken Smith
Today’s Scripture (In my ebox this morning.)
“…Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city…”(Proverbs 16:32, ESV)
Rule Your Spirit
Today’s Scripture tells us to rule our own spirit. It doesn’t say to rule somebody else’s spirit or to rule your circumstances. You can’t control what other people think or say about you or the negative circumstances around you. If you’re dealing with a sickness or your finances are low, your attempts to control it will only lead to frustration, worry, and discouragement. Part of ruling your spirit is to not let that poison get in you. Ships don’t sink because there’s water around them; they sink if they let the water get in them.
Another part of ruling your spirit is to not believe the enemy’s constant whispers, “You blew it. God’s never going to bless you.” God’s mercy is bigger than any mistake. Your mistakes didn’t cancel God’s plan, and He’s not finished with you. You may have fallen down, but your attitude should be, “I’m not staying down. God will get me to where I’m supposed to be.”
A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for Your strength and mercy in times of difficulty. I can’t control what others say or do or control negative circumstances around me, but I can rule my spirit. I believe that You will make a way for me and get me to where I’m supposed to be. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
As I consider the Holy Scriptures I see that there is constructive anger and destructive anger. We see very quickly as we read our Bible that God has the ability to get angry, very angry. Even Jesus was angry at times. We can get very angry when we know about some child abuse even as God is angry when children are abused. So there is a righteous anger that is not sin but is constructive.
But the anger we feel some of the time is negative and project hate rather than healing. And many times is experienced due to the light exposing the darkness like with Cain and Able where due to Cain’s jealousy and pride he literally killed his brother to put the light out. Darkness hates Light.
In my study of the subject I found an interesting thought that some professional wrote where it was stated that 5 minutes of serious anger can effectively shut down an immune system for the whole day. That one of the primary results of anger or unresolved conflicts is sickness. So lets take a look at some of the scriptures in the New Testament.
First one to come to my mind is the Lord’s Supper: For anyone who eats and drinks without discriminating and recognizing with due appreciation that [it is Christ’s] body, eats and drinks a sentence (a verdict of judgment) upon himself. 30 That [careless and unworthy participation] is the reason many of you are weak and sickly, and quite enough of you have fallen into the sleep of death. 31 For if we searchingly examined ourselves [detecting our shortcomings and recognizing our own condition], we should not be judged and penalty decreed [by the divine judgment].
James teaches us the following: Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. 14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. James 5:13-15 So please notice that sickness can be, (but not always,) the result of sin. Bitterness, Unforgiveness, Anger, Resentments can all cause all kinds of sickness. So if you get sick it is good to check out these areas of possibilities for the cause. Of course it can also be due to other issues as well. But sickness never comes from God, God does not want us to be sick. Jesus came expressly to help us find our way to health and wholeness. The warranty we have is 120 healthy years of life as shared and experienced by Moses, Gen 6:3 but we have to do the proper maintenance.
The outline of prayer that Jesus gave HIS disciples to consider has a very important line of thought in it. “Pray, therefore, like this: Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed (kept holy) be Your name. 10 Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven ([e] left, remitted, and let go of the debts, and have [f] given up resentment against) our debtors. 13 And lead (bring) us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. 14 For if you forgive people their trespasses [their [g]reckless and willful sins, [h] leaving them, letting them go, and [I] giving up resentment], your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their trespasses [their [j]reckless and willful sins, [k] leaving them, letting them go, and [l] giving up resentment], neither will your Father forgive you your trespasses. Matt.6:9-15…
As Christ Jesus left us HE sent the Holy Spirit to give us the gifts that HE had while here and they are listed for us to receive as follows: “To one is given in and through the [Holy] Spirit [the power to speak] a message of wisdom, and to another [the power to express] a word of knowledge and understanding according to the same [Holy] Spirit; 9 To another [[a]wonder-working] faith by the same [Holy] Spirit, to another the extraordinary powers of healing by the one Spirit; 10 To another the working of miracles, to another prophetic insight ([b]the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose); to another the ability to discern and distinguish between [the utterances of true] spirits [and false ones], to another various kinds of [unknown] tongues, to another the ability to interpret [such] tongues. 1 Cor. 12:8-10. And these nine much needed gifts of the Holy Spirit and are in much need today. It is past time for the Church of Christ Jesus to come together in real loving unity in God’s truth and learn how to receive and give these gifts of the Holy Spirit. In the Early Church these gifts were very much in action as follows: “More and more there were being added to the Lord those who believed [those who acknowledged Jesus as their Lord and Savior and devoted themselves to Him joined and gathered with them], crowds both of men and of women, 15 So that they [even] kept carrying out the sick into the streets and placing them on couches and sleeping pads, [in the hope] that as Peter passed by, at least his shadow might fall on some of them. 16 And the people gathered also from the towns and hamlets around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those troubled with foul spirits, and they were all cured.” Acts 5:14-16. AMP