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Your Anger Doesn’t Have To Control You

When two or more people share a common goal, it is amazing what can happen. All it takes is a couple of students with influence to set a fashion trend. A couple of coworkers with the same views can move a company forward or slow its progress to a halt. And a group of people rallying behind a cause has the power to build a nation or tear it down.

Two or more people working together will always accomplish more together than they can alone. That’s why Proverbs 10:12 cautions us to be careful in how we respond to what happens to us: “Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.”

When we get angry, we can choose to give into our anger or to overlook the offense and move on. We have the power to rally people around hatred or to bring people together to accomplish something good.  

The sooner we decide to forgive and move on the better. Ephesians 4:26-27 says, “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.”

Satan wants nothing more than for Christians to get so busy fighting with each other, we’re not sharing the Gospel or showing Jesus’ love. The longer we spend fighting with each other, the more we damage our relationships and the church’s reputation.

Anger is the natural response when we’re wronged. But anger is not an excuse to sin. We are called to love one another, no matter what. And sometimes the most loving thing we can do is to choose not to fight back.


  • Why is it so hard not to fight back when we feel like we’ve been wronged?
  • When was the last time you saw someone stir up conflict? Did it help resolve the problem or inflame the dispute?
  • What’s one way to respond to a problem without stirring up dissension?

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