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Devotional - week of June 25, 2000


VICTORY OVER ANGER

If there is a sin among believers more common than any of the others, it must be anger. Confession services in Christian gatherings always provide many confessions of anger.

Certainly there are degrees of anger.  At times our anger may be no more than an irritation in a relationship.  At other times anger has caused the breakup of a relationship.  In many cases anger has resulted in death.

Can a believer have victory over anger?  The answer is “yes.”

In Galatians 5:19-20, the Apostle Paul writes that anger is a work of the flesh.  Flesh is our sinful nature that we received from Adam. We believe, perhaps subconsciously, that we are wise.  We say or do or desire what we believe to be the wise thing.  When someone disagrees with our conclusion, anger is the inevitable result.

In Galatians 5:24, Paul writes that we have crucified the flesh with its affections and lusts.  This happened at the time of our conversion when the Holy Spirit baptized us into the death of Jesus.

Since anger comes from our flesh and our flesh was crucified at the time of our conversion, we need only to experience our crucifixion to have victory over our anger.

We experience our crucifixion by obeying the five commands of Romans 6:11-13.  Try it!

The victory we long for is not the result of obeying these five commands one time or even one time a day.  We must continue to obey these five commands throughout each day.  When we do, we will be amazed at the changes God begins to make in our lives.  Not only will the process of victory over anger begin-and continue-but also the experience of the filling of the Holy Spirit will begin-and continue.

Galatians 5:19 declares that the fruit of the Spirit is love. Love begins and continues to take the place of anger.  Galatians 5:19 also states that the fruit of the Spirit is longsuffering.  The meaning of longsuffering is “afar off from anger.”  What a thrilling thought: love and longsuffering rather than anger.

Victory over anger is within your grasp as God’s child.  Take it!  Rejoice in it!