READ : Proverbs 29:5-11
Ours is an angry generation. At the simplest provocation people lash out at each other. A missed appointment or food spilled on a clean tablecloth may send us into irrational rage. Since September 11 persons of Arab descent are often indiscriminately hated. Anger can lead to bodily harm or murder. If we are angry with another, we are in danger of Jesus’ judgment.
Wisdom says that anyone who vents his anger is a fool (29:11). That is, when we let all our anger out, we become slaves to every irritation and we are ruled by the emotion of the moment (Matthew 5:22). God is able and willing to help us restrain our anger.
Agent Earl Pitts became so angry with the FBI that he became a Soviet spy. He blamed the FBI for his small salary and unpaid student loans. He was humiliated when forced to ask his father for a loan. In his frustration and anger he agreed to work as a spy. When caught and convicted, the judge asked him for an explanation. “I gave in,” he said, “to an unreasonable anger.”
God can forgive even anger. The forgiven sinner will curb his anger and knows that “a gentle answer turns away wrath” (Proverbs 15:1).
Lord, curb my anger by the power of your forgiveness and love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.