In the woods and forests the workers sometimes have to use fire to prevent fires. God sometimes use anger in the same way. Ephesians 4:26 says, “Be angry and do not sin.” Therefore, God wants us to use anger for some positive purpose. For example, He can use your anger to spark your awareness of a blazing spiritual problem that needs to be snuffed out. God often allows fiery trials to test your faith and to develop the perseverance necessary to sustain your faith as James 1:2–3 says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.”
As you seek to allow God to direct your anger and use it for His purposes, remember …
- Anger can be used to bring positive change in your life.
- Anger can be the lens through which you gain insight into your past hurts.
- Anger can bring your true feelings to light.
- Anger can reveal your inappropriate ways of trying to meet your own needs.
- Anger can help you realise your need for the Lord.
- Anger can uncover your need to set healthy boundaries.
- Anger can be the foundation on which forgiveness is built.
- Anger can be the spark that encourages honest communication in relationships, when appropriately verbalised.
- Anger can be used by God to convict others of sin, when appropriately displayed.
- Anger, when it is appropriately handled, can be used by God.
As you allow God to use your anger for good, you will become an example to others and bring praise to God.
Matthew 5:16 “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”