Ecclesiastes 7:9 – Control your temper, for anger labels you a fool. (NLT)

Anger is not a sin, but what we do with it can make it a sin. Ephesians 4:26-27 says: And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil (NLT). This means that the ability to control ourselves is an antidote to anger. Whenever we get into a position of anger, we must tame our temper not to act against God’s expectations for us (James 1:19).

The patient who can rule his own spirit has a great understanding and is better than the mighty (Proverbs 14:29; 16:32). Patience is a virtue and a function of self-control. Self-control is a fruit of the Spirit that helps us control ourselves (Galatians 5:22, 2 Peter 1:5-8). Therefore, to silence our inner rage before it outbursts, we need to strengthen our relationship with God so that the fruits of the Spirit can germinate in us.

We should also examine ourselves to identify the triggers of anger. What are the things that make you annoyed? If you can work on these signs, you will reduce the risk of acting impatiently. It is in the state of impatience that we become vulnerable to Satan and act foolishly. This is the reason King Solomon wrote in our Bible reading that only fools get angry quickly and hold a grudge, and “the companion of fools will be destroyed.” (Proverbs 13:20; 14:17). That is, the resultant effect of anger is destruction.

Beloved, how many benefactors and destiny-defining opportunities have you thrown away because of your moment of anger? If any! Talk to Jesus today—He can restore your lost glory. Be humble enough to reach out to build broken bridges. Above all, be sensitive and display self-control at times of rage because you might be saving yourself from the destruction lying in wait.


Hymn: Come into my Heart — Harry D. Clarke (1924)

1. Holy Spirit! Destroy the anger in me and empowerment me to please God, always!

2. Fruits of the Spirit germinate in my life and the Church.


1. Any chain of hindrance and defeat binding my hands and feet, break!

2. Whoever says I will never amount to anything in life. You and your children shall feed at my table.

3. Father, turn me into a book that cannot be read and a poison in the mouth of the enemies.


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