To be easily angered is to be self-centred. And like lying, anger destroys community. We are called to welcome everyone into God’s family. A place where we are easily angered with each other is not welcoming.
Anger Destroys Trust
Paul says in effect, “If you become angry, beware! You are at sin’s door!” Anger destroys trust within a community. And Paul says it grieves the Holy Spirit of God. The trick is to know whether your anger is appropriate or sinful. One way to discern this is to ask yourself if your anger is constructive or destructive. Anger is used by satan to cause division. Satan is the one who invented the phrase, “Divide and conquer”:
A spiritual adult recognises the necessity of anger on occasions but exercises it appropriately and constructively. The only way to deal with anger appropriately is to confess it.
Put On Your New Self
Paul says take off your old clothing, your old life, described in verses 17-19. The old garments, like anger, are so comfortable and natural, we want to put them back on. God wants you to put off your old clothing, such as your anger, and put on your new self.
If you have an anger problem, then putting on your new self includes putting on forbearance or patience.
This can only be done through God’s grace. Will you do your part in taking off anger? Will you, by daily reading God’s Word and by asking God in prayer to renew your mind through the Spirit, put on your new garments of forbearance, patience and love?
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