"The Danger of Unresolved Anger"
March 10, 2022 | By Chuck
Anger is a natural human feeling. We understand anger because we’ve all experienced it at some point. As hard as we may try to avoid it, I’m convinced something will make us angry. Maybe you, like many others, are angry about the Russian attack on Ukraine. Maybe you’re angry over the rationalization of sin. Jesus was angry when they turned the temple into a Walmart in Jerusalem. What concerns me most about anger is how we deal with it.
“Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil” (Eph. 4:26-27). It’s okay to be angry but it’s not okay to sin. We must deal properly with our anger so that we don’t sin. Talk in an open and honest way with the brother, sister, or whomever you are angry with. God has given us the ability to communicate so why not use it to bring about reconciliation.
The temptation is to hang on to our anger and not deal with it which leads to more trouble. Paul said, “do not let the sun go down on your anger”. His point is, deal with it, don’t sleep on it or ignore it. When we ignore our anger, we give the devil an opportunity and he will seize that chance to lead us to sin in our anger. Unresolved anger does nothing positive for anyone. Unresolved anger leads to an unwillingness to forgive and holding a grudge; neither of which are Godly. Hurtful words fits of rage and violent actions could have something to do with unresolved anger.
Remember, getting angry is not a sin, but what matters is what we do with that anger. “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (Jas. 1:19-20).