Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:29-32
Key Verse: Ephesians 4:31
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
Our anger emotions are created by our own perception of our needs not being met. Three broad categories of needs are: 1) Our need to be respected, 2) Our need for survival and improvements, 3) Our need to preserve a deeply held belief. Out of these categories come most of the causes of our anger.
For Christ followers, we are called upon to trust God for our unmet needs. In our additional reading for today, the apostle Paul tells us to only use words that would be helpful for “building others up, according to their needs.” In other words, Christ followers should live a surrendered life, willing to focus more on other’s needs rather than our own. We do this with the belief that our Father in Heaven knows what we need before we ask and will provide it – with His perfect timing. (You should read and highlight these promises in your Bible. They are found in Matthew 6:32-33.)
Two aspects of this discussion will help us with our anger issues. First, a surrendered life releases the need for another person to meet our needs or live up to our expectations. This perspective will diminish much of our anger when others disappoint us. Secondly, a surrendered life, trusting God for our need, will have these needs met because of our faith. While Jesus ministered here on earth, he told many people: “it’s according to your faith!” Strong faith will fight all fears, which deals with most of our anger issues!
Father, as your child, I know you will take care of me and I don’t have to look to others. I receive this in Jesus’ name, and praise you for all your provisions! It is in Jesus’ Name I pray, amen.