Anger is a fire within that can cause much damage to yourself and others.
Anger is quite obvious in the Bible, in the first household we saw anger between children, and then in Exodus we see much anger in the life of Moses. The power and the potential problems inherent in anger can be seen.
Has anger ever clouded your judgment to the point that you acted rashly … and lived to regret it? Ultimately, you have the choice to act wisely or to react foolishly. In his lifetime, Moses did both. And like Moses, you can learn to keep your anger under control – you can learn how to act rather than react! Proverbs 29:11 “A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.”
Understandably, Moses felt anger over the unjust treatment of his brothers, but what he did with that anger got him into trouble. Moses allowed his emotions to overpower him. He committed a crime of passion – he committed murder. Although he was right about the injustice, his reaction was wrong. His hot-blooded volatility revealed how unprepared he was for the task God had planned for him. Consequently, God kept Moses on the backside of a desert for the next 40 years so that he would realise that rescuing his own people in his own way would ultimately fail. Moses needed to learn this vital lesson well for God to turn him into the godly leader needed to accomplish His will in His supernatural way. In truth, Moses had tried to earn the Israelites’ respect by coming to their rescue. Instead, his murderous rage earned only their disrespect. Acts 7:25 “Moses thought that his own people would realize that God was using him to rescue them, but they did not.”
What began as a smoldering ember in the heart of Moses quickly burst into deadly flames. Perhaps no one noticed the angry sparks flying from his eyes, but his spirit was consumed with the heat of anger.
What do you do when you are inflamed with angry thoughts and feelings? Firefighters know the danger of letting a flame get out of control. They are trained to respond quickly. You must respond quickly also in order to control the flame of anger before it consumes your life and destroys your relationships. Proverbs 14:17 “A quick-tempered man does foolish things.”
- Anger is a strong emotion of irritation or agitation that occurs when a need or expectation is not met. Proverbs 29:22 “An angry man stirs up dissension, and a hot-tempered one commits many sins.”
- Anger is the fuel for what the Bible describes as a hot-tempered or quick-tempered person. Proverbs 15:18 “A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel.”
- Anger in the Old Testament is most frequently the Hebrew word “aph,” literally meaning “nose or nostrils” and, figuratively, picturing nostrils flaring with anger. Later, “aph” came to represent the entire face as seen in two ancient Hebrew idioms: “Long of face” (or nose) meaning … slow to anger. Psalm 145:8 “The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.” “Short of face” (or nose) meaning … quick to anger. Proverbs 22:24 “Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered.”
- Anger in the New Testament is the Greek word “orge” which originally meant any “natural impulse or desire,” but later came to signify “anger as the strongest of all passions.” It is often translated as “wrath” because of its powerful, lasting nature. Romans 2:8 “For those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.”