By Emmie Rodriguez

We live in an angry world.

Anyone who watches TV, listens to the radio, or reads the newspaper with any regularity can see that…It seems to surround us.

I think we can all say we have found ourselves in those moments where anger just took over in us and we were not proud of it. In those moments, we believe that it is only an outward behavior and we miss that it is really based on a deeper hurt of the heart. There are many roots of anger such as injustice, strife, impatience, abuse of any kind, unmet needs, jealousy, fear of confrontation, insecurity, just to name a few.

All anger, regardless of the cause, has the same effect on our lives. It upsets us, causing us to feel pressure. Keeping anger locked inside and pretending it doesn’t exist can even be dangerous to our health. Most of the time we are only hurting ourselves, and the person who angered us isn’t even aware of it.

We must guard against allowing anger to drag us into sin.

“In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.” – Ephesians 4:26-27

If you want the great and mighty things God has for you, you must get to the root of the anger and deal with it. Admit that you can’t change yourself. Until the root is removed, it will produce one bad fruit after another.

“Do not be overcome and conquered by evil, but overcome evil with good.” – Romans 12:21

When you feel that you are being pushed into anger, instead of getting mad, go bless someone. Responding in a positive way is the direct opposite of what the enemy wants you to do. It doesn’t come naturally, and it isn’t always easy, but when we do what we can do, God will do what we can’t do. If we hang onto anger, we’re just being foolish. We must turn the anger and the people who caused it over to God and let Him take care of it. Trust God and He will take care of you and protect you.  

People are born to be free; it’s a gift from God. Anytime our freedom is taken away or given away, we experience anger. When we are battling anger, we must realize that…

“for our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in high places”. – Ephesians 6:12

When you become angry, remember it is the enemy trying to keep you from accomplishing the will of God in your life. Step out of the darkness of anger that has a hold on you and start taking the steps to freedom.

In 2 Timothy 4:5, Paul told Timothy to be calm, cool and collected and to keep performing the duties of his ministry. That is good advice for all of us. When we get angry, we should calm down and start doing what God has called us to do. You can be bitter or better – it’s up to you! If you are mad about something or towards someone, instead of letting it ruin your life, turn it into something good. Overcome evil and anger by praying for those who hurt and abuse you. Forgive them and be a blessing to them. It may not be easy at first, but when you make the decision and stick with it, God will take care of the rest.