“But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.” (Col. 3:8).
We are indeed living in a world of anger. If you watch, read or listen to the news today it is filled with people and nations who are angry. Anger is the emotion of the day, as my friend would say. We have become such an I/Me culture that we tend to be reactive rather than proactive. Anger is one of our strongest emotions and so often we feel it is justified. The reality is that anger is generally a destructive emotion rather than a positive one. It usually causes more harm than good. “The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue” or “The north wind bringeth forth rain: so doth a backbiting tongue and angry countenance”. (Prov. 25: 23). We often cause many problems when we are angry. Rebellion, destroyed relationships, violence, etc. all come out of anger.
We do not seem to know how to control ourselves today. We have lost respect for each other. It is so easy to blame others and be angry with them. This is exactly what happened in the Garden of Eden, when Adam blamed the woman God had given him and Eve blamed the serpent, when, in reality, they both sinned. It seems if we can blame someone else we can feel justified in our sin. This is the way it has always been. Without Christ in our lives it is so easy to behave that way. We do not want to take responsibility for what is going wrong in our lives, so we become angry, resentful and disrespectful. This carries over into all areas of our lives. The old phrase “he has a chip on his shoulder” applies here as many of us carry around old wounds and keep the anger inside. We become selfish and self-centered and feel like the world owes us something. Consequently we become angry with everyone. How sad, as this is not the way we are to be. This is a sure fire way to drive people out of your life and to cause all sorts of health problems. “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.” (Eph. 4: 26-27). Do not hold onto your anger. It is a very destructive emotion and harms your relationship with God.
Our nations too are filled with anger and hate. Most of this anger is caused by resentment, power struggles, past injustices, etc. and it is spilling over to all peoples of the earth. The whole earth is full of anger. How long can this go on before something catastrophic happens? When people (nations) are angry they often do things out of retaliation rather than being sensible. This is very destructive. This anger and hate is leading to a time of judgment on the earth. It cannot go on much longer. “And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come. And the time of the dead, that they should be judged. And that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth”. (Rev. 11: 18). This uncontrolled anger and hate will destroy the earth if God does not step in and help us.
Today we do not know how to control our anger. Without God’s laws guiding us we are letting our sinful natures rule us. This is leading to nothing but destruction. Our countries are no longer ruled by God’s laws and we are quickly heading to destruction. We must continue to warn our people that they must repent and come to the Lord Jesus. The time is short.
“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” (Eph. 4: 29-32).