God told Moses to speak to a particular rock in Numbers 20:1–12. However, Moses was full of anger and rather than speaking to the rock, he forcefully struck the rock … twice. As a result, God disciplined His chosen leader by not allowing him to lead His chosen people into the Promised Land.
At times, are you like Moses? Do you sometimes allow your frustration to make you furious? Then later, you receive a painful repercussion? Whether you are filled with hurt, a sense of injustice, fear, or frustration, what should you do when you get angry? Psalm 37:8 says,
“Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil.” James 1:19–20 says, “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.”
Some of God’s perspective on anger we can see in Ephesians 4:26–27, 29–32
- Ephesians 4:26 “ ‘In your anger do not sin’: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,” – Anger is appropriate at certain times, must be resolved, or it becomes sinful. Anger can be curtailed.
- Ephesians 4:27 “and do not give the devil a foothold” – Anger, if prolonged, gives ground to Satan.
- Ephesians 4:29 “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” – Anger can lead to corrupt, unwholesome, degrading talk.
- Ephesians 4:30 “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption” – Anger can grieve the Holy Spirit.
- Ephesians 4:31 “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice” – Anger can be totally cancelled, it becomes sin when it results in bitterness, it must be eradicated before it turns into rage, it must be forfeited before it leads to fighting, it must be stopped before it becomes slander, it must be mastered before it becomes malicious.
- Ephesians 4:32 “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” – Anger can be conquered through compassion, and it can be defeated through forgiveness.