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Vicki Guarding Against Anger

Guarding Against Anger – Thought For The Week

Vicki shares her thought for the week; guarding against anger.

I’m just doing the last roundup of Cary’s toys and it reminded me of how often she will find a new toy or a new thing that becomes the top of her Christmas list. She’s got a new show at the moment that she really loves and in watching this show what I noticed is that, yes it has its typical goody and bady, but what’s interesting about the bady in the show is that he never actually interacts with our heroes! What happens is that he can see when an ordinary person is getting angry about something and says that he will then evil-ize them and turn this person who’s got really angry into his villain who will do what he wishes.

It got me thinking about Ephesians which I’ve looked at recently when we were away at Spring Harvest, where Paul talks about the unity of the church under Christ we find unity together. I was reading back through Ephesians 4 where it 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. 

Ephesians 4:26-27

I thought about how often can we allow our emotions to get the better of us and how often it can be something so small that we can end up allowing it to take control over our life. And just as in Cary’s new show, the villain will evil-ize an unsuspecting person, we too must be careful that we don’t allow the devil to use a small piece of anger to use it against us and to cause disunity within the church, within our families, within our friendship groups. 

So my challenge to you this week is to really think about the emotions that we have when an emotion comes up and recognize that emotion. Interestingly, the Bible doesn’t say that we’re not allowed to be angry, we can recognize that emotion but don’t allow it to be used as a weapon of the enemy.

Have a good week!

Every week one of our members shares a short thought aiming to inspire you for the week. You can watch previous Thought For The Week videos by clicking here.