« Anger »
In our biblical study we sought to determine whether anger could be an emotion experienced by Christians and if so, in what context.
So we began by reminding ourselves that God says in His word that He is slow to anger. This implies, therefore, that no matter how slow it is to become angry, He nevertheless comes to experience this emotion. Then we also talked about Jesus who experienced an episode of anger when He overthrew all the merchant's tables in the temple.
The next question came out: If we know that both have never sinned and that they have already experienced anger, is anger a sin?
Subsequently, we looked at the definition in the dictionary to establish what anger was and it is defined as follows: Violent discontent, aggressiveness, exasperation, fury, irritation, rage.
When I think of the event Jesus had overthrown in his path, I told myself that if today I had a call for a similar event, I would surely proceed to his arrest for disturbing public order. If then the Bible says that He has not sinned in anything, what justifies such anger?
Here are a few verses from the Bible that explain a little more God's thought about anger:
"He who is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who is quick to be carried away proclaims his folly "
The Bible does not say, "He who never gets angry is intelligent" but it says that anger is an emotion to be careful and to be as slow as possible before living it.
"Do not go with the man of anger, Do not go with the violent man, lest you be taken up with his ways, and become a snare for your soul "
The Bible also warns to be careful not to share their lives needlessly with angry people. Do you remember your first day in the police, how were you filled with motivation ?? Do you remember how it marked you to hear all the cynicism of the other agents around you ?? Has working continuously with this kind of person also influenced your motivation ?? Have you accumulated a bit of cynicism with the years ?? Well this is the same principle where we have to be careful with whom we choose to share our lives; both at work and in other spheres of our lives.
"As a city forced and without walls, so is the man who is not master of himself. "
The cities in the time of Abraham and company were fortified with walls in order to protect their inhabitants and their treasure. The object was to prevent the thieves from taking possession of the best of themselves and destroying everything in their path. The verse thus teaches us that an angry man, who is quick to be carried away and who lives regularly from anger, is like a city without walls. People around him can take the best of themselves and destroy a lot of things in their path. Let us think, for example, of a very arrogant inmate who would incite us to commit an act that someone would film and that would cause us to lose our job ...
"If you are angry, do not sin; let not the sun go down upon your wrath "
Again the Bible does not say never to get angry but it says, "If you get angry ...". The Bible only tells us not to sin if we ever come to experience such emotion. The Bible also encourages us to solve our problems at the base as quickly as possible: "Let the sun not lie down on your anger."
To conclude, I would compare anger with alcohol. It is not forbidden but it can quickly and easily bring us to sin and acts/words that we could regret bitterly.
I encourage you to have a good management of your anger and to put the situations that exceed you in the hands of God!