THEME: IS YOUR ANGER JUSTIFIED?
TEXT: MARK 11:15-19
Memory Verse: Ephesians 4:26. “Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to devil.”
Anger, according to Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, is ‘the strong feeling you have when something has happened that you think is bad or unfair. It is a corrosive emotion that runs off with your mental and physical health. It has a destructive effect on your body and your health just like chemical put on a metal can destroy that metal. At some extreme levels, anger is a state of temporary madness. Anger is just a letter short of danger.
All men get angry because displeasure is part of what we manage in life. Any man that cannot manage his anger is a wreck, like a dilapidated or ruined ship. There is no need for that person to work, marry, build houses, born children or make friends, because in a moment of anger, he would scatter all he has laboured to build. A woman, in a fit of anger, recently burned all her husband’s certificates and clothes! The union naturally broke down. Simeon and Levi manifested an uncontrolled anger and it won them a curse instead of blessing from Jacob. Genesis 49:5-7
As Christians, we are not immuned to situations that can cause great displeasure but we are advised by Apostle Paul to make sure we do not sin (Eph. 4:26). Anger is an acid that do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured, especially when it is not justified. It has destroyed so many kingdoms, nations, families, relationships, etc. Danger and regrets are close associates of ungodly anger. Control your anger before it controls and consumes you.
Beloved, if you are angry at what displeases God, your anger is justified like Phinehas, if not, watch out! Any display of anger that would result in sin is ungodly.
Our Lord Jesus Christ was angry with the unethical behaviours of those that should be held in high esteem. Phinehas, the 3rd High Priest and the son of Eliazer the priest, once manifested this form of anger in the occasion of Baal peor in the wilderness when the children of Israel went into the sin of idolatry and immoral relationship with the Moabites. For this act, God gave Phinehas an everlasting Priesthood (Num 25:6-7, Ps 106:30- 31)
Conclusively, sing the hymn EMHB 550- O for a heart to praise my God
PRAYER: Lord, let Your Holy Spirit guide my emotions so that I may not sin against you in my actions and reactions. Amen.