“Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil. (Eph 4:26-27)
Anger is our normal emotional response to a perceived threat, hurt, wrongful doing, or injustice. Anger isn’t always bad, but it must be handled appropriately. Why is it important to handle anger properly? If expressed thoughtlessly, anger can hurt others and destroy relationships. If bottled up inside, it can cause us to become bitter and destroy us from within. If we nurse our anger, we will give Satan a foothold which can divide us.
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Rom 12:21)
Conflicts among people are common. After David killed Goliath, Saul’s attitude toward David had changed from one of love (1 Sam 16:21) to one of hate (1 Sam 18:11) because of his extreme jealousy of David’s increasing popularity. Selfish desires such as jealousy, ambition, covetousness, and competition are often causes of conflicts. Conflict and disagreement will arise when we try to step over others to get ahead or preserve our self-interests as Saul.
What distinguishes those who are driven to stir up conflicts like Saul? Take a good look at the “Saul” within us. Continue reading