• W. Austin Gardner

Dealing with Anger in our lives 6

Often we give place to the devil when we get angry. We allow our frustration to turn to anger and then sin. Ephesians 4:26-29. We end up allowing corrupt communication to come out of our mouth. Corrupt communication means speaking “of” or “to” people in demeaning ways, being hurtful in our speech, and not being helpful. We are to use speech that is good to the use of edifying. That means saying only things that build up. We want our speech to bless and minister grace or sweetness to the hearers. When we do not speak to others and treat others correctly then we grieve the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 4:30 We are to put away from us all bitterness, wrath, anger, shouting, and any evil. We are to be kind one to another. We ought to feel for the other person, be tender hearted. We all ought to be forgiving just like God forgave us because of what Jesus did on the cross. Sometimes God has to hit us hard for us to wake up and think. We act like a dumb animal, a beast. We are foolish and ignorant as to our sin and then God has to deal harshly with us for us to be convicted, repent, and do right Psalm 73:21-22 As we recognize our failures and our sin we are sorry and embarrassed. Psalm 38:18 Thank God that His mercies are so great that we are not destroyed. He has new mercies every morning Lamentations 3:22-23

When we get honest with ourselves we realize that much of our anger is based on our insecurities. Thank God that He is the God of all grace. He will let us suffer for a while but He will mature us, establish us, strengthen and settle us. Praise the Lord for such a great promise I Peter 5:10

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