Fighting Against Anger

Q. Sometimes I feel like such a spiritual mess. I try hard to not let people bother me. I am doing a lot better than I used to because I try to think “eternal perspective, eternal perspective”. It usually helps, but sometimes I mess up and get so MAD!!! I sometimes think that when the Rapture comes, I will still be standing in the same spot because I was only fooling myself that I was saved. I have read your articles on OSAS, but that thought still creeps in. I plan to read the Bible specifically regarding temper and anger. Is there a certain verse that I could memorize and try to say in my mind, whenever people get to be too much?

A. The verses I would recommend above all are Ephesians 4:26-27.

“In your anger do not sin.” Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.”

Remember, having the feeling is not a sin. It’s when you act on the feeling by allowing it to influence your thoughts or actions that it becomes a sin. That’s why Paul said, “In your anger do not sin.” You always have the choice to reject the feeling. That’s what you’re doing when you repeat “eternal perspective” in your mind.

Even so, we all slip from time to time. When we do it’s important to invoke the promise of 1 John 1:9,

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

Seeking forgiveness will wipe away the sin and restore us to fellowship as if it never happened.

Above all, remember that your inheritance was guaranteed by the Holy Spirit from the time you believed (Ephes. 1:13-14). There’s nothing you or anyone else can do to change that. If you belong to Jesus you’re His forever.

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