Daily Devotion

September 9, 2017

Righteous anger (1)

“Be angry, and do not sin.” Eph 4:26 NKJV

There’s a right way and a wrong way to handle your anger. Moses handled his anger the wrong way and it cost him the Promised Land. Jesus handled His anger the right way, and those who took advantage of the poor were exposed and thrown out of the temple. The Scripture, “Be angry, and do not sin,” means instead of just complaining about the problem, you’re supposed to do something about it. Instead of walking around on a slow burn and keeping those around you on pins and needles, get to the core of your anger and express it the right way. Pastor and author Dr. Jack Hyles wrote about how his child was assigned to read a book in school—one that was filled with foul language and questionable situations. The more Dr. Hyles perused the book, the angrier he got. Eventually he marched up to the principal’s office and politely but firmly said, “My son is not going to read this book: he’ll be assigned a different book to read, and he will not be marked down because of it.” The principal, taken aback and attempting to argue with Dr. Hyles, said, “But…” Dr Hyles interrupted and said softly but sternly, “No ifs, ands, or buts about it. He will not be forced to read this book, and he will be assigned another one. Is that clear?” The principal replied, “All right, Dr. Hyles, but I don’t understand the fuss. After all, the language in that book is no worse than what’s written on the bathroom walls.” Dr. Hyles smiled and said, “Yes, and when that becomes required reading—I’ll be back!”