I had a wonderful learning experience with God on Anger very recently
This happened a week back when, the Holy Spirit spoke to me when I was praying and specifically instructed me “Not to get angry under any circumstances in my day to day life”
But the very next day something caused me to get angry with a particular person.
I thought to myself, I will somehow avoid this anger at any cost
Then the next day again an incident happened and I got angry in a fit of rage, not that I shouted or physically got violet but internally I felt like bursting. I could feel my veins bursting and I ended up exchanging some heated words with the person.
The next two days I could not sleep and I was very disturbed, I could feel my blessings all getting affected. Then at 5.30 AM I woke up and started praying and the Holy Spirit started revealing everything to me
Anger is a very bad thing, many people in the biblical times have done regrettable things in Anger. We can read about Cain who slew his brother Abel, Moses who was bad tempered and struck the rock and lost his promise, Simeon and Levy who killed a city while they were sleeping and became a problem to their own father Jacob. All these people acted with Anger and Rage and did things which they regretted later.
Anger is despised by Jesus without a doubt.
Anger (‘wrath’ KJV and ‘fits of rage’ NIV) is categorized with the worst sins such as adultery and witchcraft
But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envying’s, murders, drunkenness, reveling, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
The Holy Spirit showed me that I need to make a strong effort to stay away from all these terrible sins, so should I make every effort not to get Angry. It will not fall into my lap. I need to strive not to get angry. It is a disciplined effort.
As the Holy Spirit was explaining these things the power of Jesus was evident in all this. Because Jesus walked on this earth and experienced what you and I are going through , He understands. He, himself was put in very similar situations with the church when it was being used as a business and with Peter whom He rebuked.
Therefore you and I have immense grace and forgiveness to try again and again not be angry. He cushions our failings and short falls, He takes the blame and covers our sins.
If this was the Old Testament like Moses we will lose our promises, we will not have any chance. But thank God who defends and covers for us. What a beautiful Jesus we have for paying the ultimate price.
I was asking the Holy Spirit more details of how to know physically when I am crossing the border into Anger or Wrath. The answer was simple, one will feel very uncomfortable within, they will not be able to think clearly and will feel nausea and a very uncomfortable feeling. That is anger! You may not throw punches or things around or swear, you will be a very good Christian but you can still feel the anger inside and that is what you need to avoid.
I further asked “What is the solution for anger?” The answer again was very simple, “Leave it to me, when you go through that moment, think positive thoughts and pray with the Blood of Jesus” and it will pass. Make sure to think positive thoughts.
Let’s say a person is rebuking you unfairly then you need to think positively of all the good things the person has done and neglect the bad things or thoughts.
My experience of losing my temper came from a very close family member. Likewise your anger trial also may come with a very close person, same thing Jesus also faced with Peter, I doubt there was anyone closer to Jesus than Peter.
This was a beautiful lesson for me.
I hope you enjoyed this learning and let’s make every effort with the loving power of Jesus NOT TO GET ANGRY.