“When you are angry, don’t let that anger make you sin,” and don’t stay angry all day. – Ephesians 4:26 (ERV)
I remember one time I was angry with my parents. I felt they needed to know how mad I was at them, so I came inside the house, grabbed the handle of the basement door and slammed it as hard as I could. The door shut with a thunderous bang that echoed through the house. A moment later, I heard a loud crash and the shattering of glass. I knew then that I was in big trouble. It turns out that when I slammed the door, it shook the clock off the wall and sent glass shattering all over the kitchen.
I allowed my anger to get out of control and it lead to me doing something I regretted. In life, it’s easy to be angry. It’s really easy to get mad at how someone is treated or at something that feels unfair in your life. And if you let it, anger will grow to the point that it consumes your actions and emotions and explodes into something potentially bad, or damaging.
Today’s Bible verse doesn’t say that it’s wrong to be angry. There are going to be situations in life when we all get angry. It’s when we let that anger grow unchecked to where it causes us to sin that it becomes wrong.
Today, if you find yourself struggling with anger, ask God for His wisdom and help. Many times, He will show you a practical way to deal with your anger. Or, He might show you that you need to forgive someone who has done you wrong. He may show you a verse to help give you perspective on your situation. Whatever it is, God wants to help you navigate through your anger. He wants to provide you with the help you need to overcome. So don’t be afraid to ask for God’s help.