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"Living in Peace in an Angry Culture!"

By Francis Myles



"Go ahead and be angry. You do well to be angry—but don't use your anger as fuel for revenge. And don't stay angry. Don't go to bed angry. Don't give the devil that kind of foothold in your life." (Ephesians 4:26, Message Bible)


I have been living in the United States since 1998. Each year I am watching Americans become angrier at life and at each other. The toxic poison of identity politics has only thrown more "fuel" on a fire that is already engulfing much of America. Sadly, the prevailing culture of anger is not isolated to the United States of America. Europe, Australia and Africa are dealing with the same ravaging flames.


It behooves us to mine the precious and timeless Word of God for solutions against this menacing evil that has claimed many relationships and destroyed so many lives. If you are struggling with anger or are married to an anger-driven spouse, then this article is for you!


The "Emotion" of Anger


Ephesians 4:26, in my opinion, is one of the most powerful treatise of both the "emotion" and "problem" of anger. The first part of the verse starts out this way: "Go ahead and be angry. You do well to be angry..." The first part of this passage of Scripture recognizes anger as a healthy, God-given emotion within a very limited scope. Within this very limited scope, anger can be a vehicle or force for good. It can also be a clear demonstration of love.


God forbid, but if your teenage daughter came home and told you she had been raped or was pregnant out of wedlock, would you not be angry? Wouldn't you be angry with the sexual predator? Justifiably so! However, if your daughter told you all of the above and you acted calm and unemotional at such horrific news, wouldn't your daughter rightfully conclude that you do not love her? This is why parents who allow their children to get away with murder in the "name of love" are fooling themselves. Love that never gets angry at wrong is not love but "neglectful surrender"! (Photo via Wallpaper Flare)


Before I address the second aspect of Ephesians 4:26, the "problem" of anger, I want you to read an excerpt from a very interesting article on the relationship between prolonged anger and the liver by Irene Ross:


The liver gets easily clogged, especially these days with so much processed and chemicalized food, pollution and so many environmental toxins. You need to feed and nourish it to keep it functioning optimally.


If you're constantly ill-tempered or anxious, you're said to have an angry liver. The liver is often referred to as the "seat of anger."


Many Chinese and Ayurvedic medical practitioners equate chronic anger to poor liver function. In fact, there are numerous examples, based on Chinese research, says the National Institutes of Health.


Talk about a vicious cycle. If you're angry, you aren't happy. If you aren't happy, you probably won't feel much like meditating, praying, thinking positively, practicing gratitude or performing little acts of kindness—all things to help get you out of that low vibration. –Irene Ross (Huffington Post)


The "Problem" of Anger


The second section of this article will now focus on the "problem" of anger. In addressing the problem of anger, I will analyze the remaining parts of Ephesians 4:26:


"...But don't use your anger as fuel for revenge. And don't stay angry. Don't go to bed angry. Don't give the devil that kind of foothold in your life."


1. Don't use your anger as fuel for revenge. The first thing the Bible tells us about the problem of anger is that we cannot allow our anger to morph into a deep-seated desire to exact revenge. Revenge involves the concocting of a premeditated plan to cause as much pain for those whom we perceive to be the source of our pain, instead of allowing God to deal with the situation. Forgiving our enemies is a sure antidote to the desire for vengeance.


2. Don't stay angry. The second thing the Bible tells us about the problem of anger is that we cannot allow our anger to simmer and linger for more than 12 hours! The Scripture shows us that God has placed a restraining order on how long we are allowed to be angry! The expression "Don't let the sun go down on your wrath or anger" suggests that God has given us 12 hours of grace under which we can be angry, before this powerful emotion turns toxic! Irene Ross' article demonstrates that prolonged anger is very toxic to the well-being of our liver, which is the organ in the body that is believed to bear the brunt of any emotions of anger.


3. Don't go to bed angry. The third thing the Bible tells us about the problem of anger is that we cannot allow ourselves to go to bed angry. Going to bed angry is like sleeping with a poisonous cobra or rattlesnake and expecting not to be bit by this untamed creature. In our marriage, my wife and I refuse to go to bed angry at each other! Once, I was foolish enough to violate this divine restraining order and I was miserable the whole night. I actually woke up angrier than when I went to sleep. That's when I got the revelation: Anger grows faster and poisons your whole system each time you take this "snake" to bed with you!


4. Don't give the devil that kind of foothold in your life. The final thing the Bible tells us about the problem of anger is that prolonged anger quickly turns into a "legal foothold" for the devil before the courts of Heaven! Satan uses unresolved anger as a legal foothold to place "liens" against our God-given destiny. How many people's destinies are on "lockdown" in the courts of Heaven because they are walking around with unresolved anger in their hearts toward all sorts of people and situations? IT IS TIME TO STOP BEING ANGRY, NOW!


Pray this aloud:


Heavenly Father, thank You that when the Lord Jesus died and shed His Blood for me on the Cross, He made it possible for me to live a life FREE from ANGER. I come before Your Supreme Court and ask You to issue a divine restraining order against the plots and ploys of satan to cause me to live in anger. I choose to forgive every human being who has been the source of my anger, in Jesus name I pray, amen.


(To order Dr. Francis Myles book "Issuing Divine Restraining Orders from the Courts of Heaven: Restricting and Revoking the Plans of the Enemy" click here.)



By Francis Myles

Francis Myles Ministries

Email: info@francismyles.com

Website: www.francismyles.com



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22.09 | 15:11

Powerful prayer we need to be declaring and decreeing more today than ever before. Bless you.

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13.08 | 21:22

GOD is sitting on HIS THRONE
TEARS are streaming down HIS Face
FOR Lack of knowledge MY PEOPLE shall die
HOW come you Believers are so shy?

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The LORD has spoken only when your heart is broken
with pain as deep as an Ocean so that HE can fill it

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