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As a believer, control your emotions so that you always honor Christ

The Making of a Disciple
The Traits of a Disciple – Part III

Scripture Reading: 1 John 2:1-6

Key Verse: 1 John 2:6 NLT
Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.

Let’s give one more day on the emotion of anger. The Apostle Paul talks about anger:

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. (Ephesians 4:26-27)

Feeling anger is not sinful; God gives us all the emotions we experience. The problem with anger is that it “gives a foothold to the devil.” In other words, it leads to sin if we are not careful.

Our anger can lead us to say hurtful things and act in a way that is not Christlike to the people around us. Though we are not sinful because we feel anger, as Christ-followers, we must control these angry feelings so they do not lead us to sin.

One of the best disciplines for dealing with anger is practicing self-awareness. By improving our self-awareness, we can learn to sense when our anger begins to arise. Once we sense that we are heading toward an emotional outburst, we can figure out ways to stop our anger from increasing to that point.

When we become aware of our anger before we act it out, we can say to our spouse, “Can we pick this conversation up later? I can feel myself getting very angry.” For this to work, we must have had a previous conversation about using and cooperating with this method of controlling anger.

Another method of controlling angry outbursts is to stop doing what makes you angry, such as playing a sport.

For example, I have been involved with sports most of my life and have always been a competitive person. That competitive part of me can cause anger to well up inside of me, mostly directed inward at myself. Years ago, I told myself I would give up racquetball if I could not control my anger. That motivated me enough to change my perspective to enjoying the game rather than having to win… at least enough to keep my anger from becoming sinful behavior.

Anger is only one of the many emotions our Creator gave us. God charges believers with controlling these emotions so that we can always honor Christ in our lives, a trait of a true disciple of Christ.

Father, help me with my emotions so I can honor You. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.

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