September 20
Matthew 5:21-26

Peter learns about anger

Jesus continued to teach His disciples about how to live a life that is pleasing to God. This is what He said about anger: “You all know that if a person murders someone, he will be judged. But now I tell you that even if a person is angry with his brother, or calls someone a fool, he is in danger of being judged.”

Then Jesus told them, “If you are about to offer a gift to God and you suddenly remember that a friend has something against you, first go sort out the problem with your friend, then offer your gift to God.”

Is it okay to be angry?

God has created us with all the emotions we feel. Yet, unlike the emotions of happiness and love, anger seems like a bad emotion. You can, however, use your anger in a positive way. For example, you may be angry because the boy next door keeps kicking their dog. If your anger gets you to do something to stop that happening, you have used your anger in a positive way.

The Bible doesn’t tell us not to be angry; but it does say that we must not let our anger cause us to sin. Showing your anger by breaking things, swearing, or hurting someone, is wrong.

On the other hand, when you become angry because someone has wronged you, don’t push your anger deep down inside. Rather…

  • Speak to the person who made you angry and tell him or her how you feel and why you feel that way.
  • Forgive the person who hurt or disappointed you.
  • Fill your mind with good things. Make something, read a book, draw a picture, start a collection, or play with your pet.

Whatever you do, don’t go to bed with anger burning inside you: it will spoil the start of a beautiful new day in the morning.

Verse for today

"In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. Ephesians 4:26