MAN’ S ANGER HARMFUL TO HIM By Amb Onah Lynda

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MAN’ S ANGER HARMFUL TO HIM”.

Let’s take a look at the the Scriptures, Ephesians 4:26.
” Be ye angry and sin not: let not the sin go down upon your wrath:

Anger is an emotion familiar to everyone.
It is one of the commonest emotion/ feeling exhibited by man.Everyone struggles, to varying degrees, with anger.

We all feel emotion. At various times, we encounter sadness, grief, frustration, excitement, happiness and even anger.
These feelings are natural and not sinful in and of themselves.

It is the action taken on those emotions that tends to sin.
Emotion is internal while actions are external and can be manifested positively or negatively towards others.
If we experience this involuntary action or passion of anger, how do we react, what actions do we take? Do those action make or Mar you or even others? These are questions to be answered.

I repeat, everyone feel this emotion to a varying degrees, but it is how we handle it that really matters.
Let’s take a look at proverbs 27:4

Proverb 27:4a.
It tells us there that, ” wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous.

When anger conceives, it can lead to a lot of consequences such as rage, conflict and so many other damages.
Anger only becomes a sinful when it is partnered with pride. No wonder apostle James has this to say in

James 1: 19 & 20.
[19] Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

[20] For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.

He enjoined everyone to be slow to wrath because the anger of man does not fulfil the righteousness injunctions of God.
It becomes unproductive and distorts God’s purposes in a man’s life.
It becomes sinful when it lingers. It gives room for the devil to penetrate and do mode damages or destruction.

Anger becomes a sin when the wrong doer is attacked instead of seeking solution or attacking the problem. It tends not to speak the truth in love, but the use of poisonous speeches and detrimental actions which do not build up the other but destroy.
Anger that boils over without restraint multiplies hurt, leaving debating effects

( proverbs 29:11).
[11] A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.

Man’ s anger that is harmful to him is a malicious anger that brings about quarrels, conflicts, depression and irritability over little things.
When we are wronged and feel at disadvantage and ” retaliate or revenge” in the fastest way- rage, harsh words and slander, we Have sinned in our actions. When we hang on to it for long, it result in bitterness, strife, conflicts and etc.
I pray that the Lord will teach us to know in Jesus name.

Let’s take a look at Men’s Angry exchange in the Bible harmful to them.
There are so many characters in the Bible the we can really learn so many lessons in action taken as a result of their anger.

  1. Simeon and Levi.
    Genesis 49:5-7)
    Simeon and Levi were among the twelve sons of Jacob.
    According to the account, they were instruments of cruelty.

[5] Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations.

[6] O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united: for in their anger they slew a man, and in their selfwill they digged down a wall.

[7] Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.

In their harmful and fierce anger, thy killed a man and destroyed things.
And were caused in their anger and we’re scattered in isreal.
I will love to envision that if their anger was an inferno, it would probably destroy a whole city and its inhabitants?
What if they had rather conquer their anger instead of being conquered by their anger, what would have been the outcome? A blessing instead of a curse. Do you agree?

2. Cain and Abel

( Genesis 4: 1-16)
1] And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.

[2] And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.

[3] And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.

[4] And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

[5] But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

[6] And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?

[7] If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

[8] And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.

[9] And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?

[10] And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.

[11] And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;

[12] When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.

[13] And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.

[14] Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.

[15] And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.

[16] And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.

Oh! We all know the story so well. God had received Abel’s offering with favour and rejected Cain’s. Abel had offered the best of his first fruit to God. Cain offered the first fruit but not the best though.
But it wasn’t what was offered that really made God accepted Abel’s and rejected Cain’s.
Mind you, it was not in the quantity but in the quality.
Frankly, Abel’s heart was right when he came to the Lord and Cain’s wasn’t.
But God did always give a second chance at repentance.
Cain had the opportunity to deal with his wroth/ wrath/ anger when he had a conversation with God afterwards, in order to put his heart right before the Lord.
The question to us today, ” do we blame others or someone else for your personal grudge? Do you point an accusing finger at others while you point four fingers to yourself without your awareness? Ponder on these!
His thinking was wrong and results into the conflict of killing his own brother- a wrong action.

3. Moses ( Numbers 20:1-29)
This is an account of Moses as the leader of the isrealites, the people of God reached from Egypt.
God specifically Gabe Moses the instruction on what to do in order to get water from the rock for His people.

1] Then came the children of Israel, even the whole congregation, into the desert of Zin in the first month: and the people abode in Kadesh; and Miriam died there, and was buried there.

[2] And there was no water for the congregation: and they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron.

[3] And the people chode with Moses, and spake, saying, Would God that we had died when our brethren died before the LORD!

[4] And why have ye brought up the congregation of the LORD into this wilderness, that we and our cattle should die there?

[5] And wherefore have ye made us to come up out of Egypt, to bring us in unto this evil place? it is no place of seed, or of figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates; neither is there any water to drink.

[6] And Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they fell upon their faces: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto them.

[7] And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

[8] Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink.

[9] And Moses took the rod from before the LORD, as he commanded him.

[10] And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock?

[11] And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.

[12] And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.

[13] This is the water of Meribah; because the children of Israel strove with the LORD, and he was sanctified in them.

[14] And Moses sent messengers from Kadesh unto the king of Edom, Thus saith thy brother Israel, Thou knowest all the travail that hath befallen us:

[15] How our fathers went down into Egypt, and we have dwelt in Egypt a long time; and the Egyptians vexed us, and our fathers:

[16] And when we cried unto the LORD, he heard our voice, and sent an angel, and hath brought us forth out of Egypt: and, behold, we are in Kadesh, a city in the uttermost of thy border:

[17] Let us pass, I pray thee, through thy country: we will not pass through the fields, or through the vineyards, neither will we drink of the water of the wells: we will go by the king’s highway, we will not turn to the right hand nor to the left, until we have passed thy borders.

[18] And Edom said unto him, Thou shalt not pass by me, lest I come out against thee with the sword.

[19] And the children of Israel said unto him, We will go by the high way: and if I and my cattle drink of thy water, then I will pay for it: I will only, without doing any thing else, go through on my feet.

[20] And he said, Thou shalt not go through. And Edom came out against him with much people, and with a strong hand.

[21] Thus Edom refused to give Israel passage through his border: wherefore Israel turned away from him.

[22] And the children of Israel, even the whole congregation, journeyed from Kadesh, and came unto mount Hor.

[23] And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in mount Hor, by the coast of the land of Edom, saying,

[24] Aaron shall be gathered unto his people: for he shall not enter into the land which I have given unto the children of Israel, because ye rebelled against my word at the water of Meribah.

[25] Take Aaron and Eleazar his son, and bring them up unto mount Hor:

[26] And strip Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son: and Aaron shall be gathered unto his people, and shall die there.

[27] And Moses did as the LORD commanded: and they went up into mount Hor in the sight of all the congregation.

[28] And Moses stripped Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Eleazar his son; and Aaron died there in the top of the mount: and Moses and Eleazar came down from the mount.

[29] And when all the congregation saw that Aaron was dead, they mourned for Aaron thirty days, even all the house of Israel.
Unknown to him, he had disobediently struck the *Rock of ages* .

Howbeit, Moses lost his temper and struck the rock twice when he was simply to speak to it.

This cost him dearly, he lost his leadership position as well as the inheritance of the promised land.
Of course, he cannot be blamed , the people had provoked him to the breaking point and he flew off the handle and took the wrong decision.
Dear brethren, it isn’t about the emotion but what you do with the emotional!

3. Balaam( Numbers 22:27-32)
Balaam struck the ass because he was angry at the ass and not at his own shortsightedness.

[27] And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she fell down under Balaam: and Balaam’s anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with a staff.

[28] And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?

[29] And Balaam said unto the ass, Because thou hast mocked me: I would there were a sword in mine hand, for now would I kill thee.

[30] And the ass said unto Balaam, Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was thine unto this day? was I ever wont to do so unto thee? And he said, Nay.

[31] Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face.

[32] And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Wherefore hast thou smitten thine ass these three times? behold, I went out to withstand thee, because thy way is perverse before me:

He had the motive to kill the ass with his sword.
But the angel of the Lord spoke to him through the ass and opened his eyes.
His anger drove him to beat the ass three times as well as plotting to kill it.
Anger always pushed man to the wrong action. The mind of man is sometimes ignorant, thereby making wrong decisions and judgement .
It is the misunderstanding of people’s action tat makes man angry which in turn hurts him.

People get angry when their set laws, regulations, opinions and what have you aren’t complaint with.
Because of their own selfish interest.
May the Lord help us in Jesus name.

Lastly, let’s look at ” @Management of one’s anger- the Godly way out”.

  1. Accept God as your personal Lord and Savior and be sanctified against the manifestation of this work of flesh.
  2. See God in the trial when people wrong you- James 1: 2-4; Romans 8:28-29).
    2] My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

[3] Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

[4] But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
Reflecting on these truth until it moves from our head to our heart will alter how we react to those who hurt us.

  1. Make room for God’s wrath ( Genesis 50:19, Romans 12:19)
    Romans 8:28-29

28] And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

[29] For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

In case of injustice, do not play God but let God revenge as He has promised.

  1. Return good for evil. Convert your anger into love( Gen 50:21, Matthew 5:43-48).
    We can change our feeling towards others by changing how we choose to act towards others.

19] And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?

  1. Employ solomon principles.
    I have always taught of the fact that solomon wasn’t only wise but also able to effectively and efficiently deal with anger.
    He has sound principles in the following chapters of his book ( proverbs 1428,15:1, 18; 16:32).
    Proverbs 14:28

28] In the multitude of people is the king’s honour: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince.

Proverbs 15:1

1] A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

Proverbs 16:32

32] He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

Cease from anger and forsake wrath, soft answer in place of grievous words, Be slow to to anger instead of being a man of anger, have the ability to rule your anger and not vice versa, use your discretion to deal with all anger issues fat confront you.

  1. Yield to the Holy Spirit and trust in His power to overcome it.
    Brethren, if you do not deal with anger, it will result in great conflict, malice and so on.

Lastly, let’s look at ” @Management of one’s anger- the Godly way out”.
1. Accept God as your personal Lord and Savior and be sanctified against the manifestation of this work of flesh.
2. See God in the trial when people wrong you- James 1: 2-4; Romans 8:28-29).

2] My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

[3] Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

[4] But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

Reflecting on these truth until it moves from our head to our heart will alter how we react to those who hurt us.

  1. Make room for God’s wrath ( Genesis 50:19, Romans 12:19)
    Romans 8:28-29

28] And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

[29] For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
In case of injustice, do not play God but let God revenge as He has promised.

  1. Return good for evil. Convert your anger into love( Gen 50:21, Matthew 5:43-48).
    19] And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?
    We can change our feeling towards others by changing how we choose to act towards others.
  2. Employ solomon principles.

43] Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

[44] But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

[45] That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

[46] For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

[47] And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?

[48] Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

I have always taught of the fact that solomon wasn’t only wise but also able to effectively and efficiently deal with anger.
He has sound principles in the following chapters of his book ( proverbs 1428,15:1, 18; 16:32).
Cease from anger and forsake wrath, soft answer in place of grievous words, Be slow to to anger instead of being a man of anger, have the ability to rule your anger and not vice versa, use your discretion to deal with all anger issues fat confront you.
Proverbs 14:28

28] In the multitude of people is the king’s honour: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince.
Proverbs 15:1

A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

  1. Yield to the Holy Spirit and trust in His power to overcome it.
    Proverbs 16:32

32] He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

Brethren, if you do not deal with anger, it will result in great conflict, malice and so on.

Anger will in turn, harden you, lead to hatred in the home, hurt your health, bring humiliation to your high mindedness, be a hindrance to your holiness, halt you in your way to heaven, lead you to the horrors of hell and and harm you and others around you.
May the Lord make us over comers in Jesus name.

If you haven’t tasted salvation or salvation, it impossible to live a life free from the anger that hurts. There is no perfect solution to it except in Christ Jesus .
If you are still battling with it, it high time you surrender it to God.
Let’s close our eyes as many that are still struggling, let’s surrender and yield unto God to help us to handle it.
I pray that the Lord will grant us this heart desire in Jesus name.
Heavenly father, thank you for your words tonight, grant us the Grace to over come in Jesus name.

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