Anger is a powerful emotion that affects our ability to think rationally. Consider how you respond when you’re cut off in traffic, when you feel you’re being treated unfairly at work, or when someone constantly interrupts you when you’re trying to finish a task. In all these instances, we choose who is on the receiving end of our anger.
The Bible actually has a lot to say about anger. From the beginning all the way to the end, anger is expressed when mankind rejects God and pursues their own way. Of its many instances in the Bible, anger rears its head in three distinct ways: explosive, stewing, and irritation. In all three responses, when left unchecked, anger can turn into damaging, destructive behavior that wreaks havoc in families, cities, and nations for centuries.
“‘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” (Ephesians 4:26–27).
The dark side of anger is that it can destroy lives. Don’t become another casualty. Diffuse your anger today with three key “don’t” statements that just might change your life and the loves of those around you.
Recently, I stopped by Lawndale Community Church here in Chicago to pay honor to Pastor Wayne Gordon, affectionately known as “Coach.” He and his wife, Anne, have been serving the people on the South Side of Chicago for over four decades, and I visited to celebrate Wayne’s last sermon as senior pastor.
What I appreciate most about Coach is his shepherd’s heart and compassionate care for people. Years ago, as a young pastor, he gave me good counsel. “Be a pastor to people in low and high positions.” He warned that too often, ministers get caught up in political systems instead of following their primary call as shepherds and spiritual leaders.
The longer I serve as a pastor in Chicago, the more I value spiritual leaders who finish chapters well, keep their marriages strong, and walk in integrity. Thank you, Coach, for a good example!
Mark Jobe serves as president of Moody Bible Institute and host of Moody Radio's Bold Steps. He is the author of Unstuck: Out of Your Cave into Your Call (Moody Publishers). He is also the founding pastor of New Life Community Church, a Chicago-based ministry with 27 locations throughout Chicago. Mark earned a diploma from Moody in 1984, a master’s degree from Moody Theological Seminary, and a doctorate in transformational leadership from Bakke Graduate University. He and his wife, Dee, have three adult children.
Bold Steps with Dr. Mark Jobe takes you on the path to freedom and authenticity in Christ. With candid, topical teaching from God’s Word, Dr. Jobe offers simple gospel messages with the power to transform your life.