Anger And Our Christ Identity…
While getting sober and attending AA meetings, several times a week, it was not uncommon to hear about how anger can be “the straw that breaks the camels back” and creates a relapse or worse. The cleaner ones’ life becomes means a falling away of anger usually follows.
After a number of years, and tons of work, it has become quiet clear how dangerous the tongue is when a person is angered. If someone has allowed their anger to fester, well, that brings in a whole other layer called rage. This is a 100% separation from God, or sin in it’s purest form.
Taming the tongue is one of the best ways to accomplish our goal of wrestling anger to the ground. Remember anger is merely a “feeling” and carries no weight. Once a person gets a handle on their “feelings” or emotions, that person has a far better chance at getting to know, understand and ultimately control their anger.
Ephesians 4 NKJV – 1 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called…
Not only does this verse speak directly our captivity by the Lord it also speaks directly to our identity in the Lord. Does the Lord want us to be angry with His children, our brothers and sisters, mothers and dads? Of course not. What does it mean to us to be called – who is the Lord calling?
As we grow into the identity that Christ has ordained us to be (Simon was actually Peter and Sal was actually Paul) then our world naturally becomes a bit calmer, situations have less impact on our mood, our mind and our soul. Situations that used to drive us mad with anger seemingly evaporate into the ether and no longer warp the moment or destroy the day. No, instead, the Holy Spirit rains down and completely wrecks our day.
Ephesians 4 NKJV continues
22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts,
23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true
righteousness and holiness.
Right there, our identity in Christ is as clear as can be – that you put on the new man which was created according to God It really doesn’t get any simpler. As we dive deeper, draw nearer and love more, Jesus Christ washes over us with His love and mercy as we should with our brothers and sisters – all of God’s children.