Putting Anger in Parentheses


Anger, like gasoline, is volatile, explosive, and dangerous. It must be handled with utmost care.

The Scriptures offer at least two guidelines for managing anger.

First, be “slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God” (James 1:19-20).

Second, “Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity” (Ephesians 4:26-27).

Applying the brakes

While anger is not sinful in itself, it is highly likely to lead to sin.

James teaches us to have a long fuse. Paul teaches us to extinguish our anger by day’s end.

Putting these “parentheses” around anger is the effective way to control one of the most dANGERous emotions known to man.


Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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