Can Anger Cause A Christian To Lose Their Advantage?

On Monday October 12th I wrote about a Christian’s advantage in the workplace, school or family. I did not receive this belief from prosperity preachers but from Scripture. Tuesday October 13th our office was broken into. Stolen were computers. To prepare that it doesn’t happen again and replace lost equipment, it is costing thousands of dollars. It was suggested that it was from a Satan’s attack because of my blog on A Christian’s Advantage. Whatever the cause may be, I believe my reaction is more important than what happened.

I believe it is extremely important that we as Christians realize that God wants to bless us. But blessings and advantages are not necessarily guaranteed. So I wrote that unforgiveness, hate and now anger can keep us from being blessed and having advantages. If you listen to many TV preachers they say advantages come from faith, love, giving, etc. They rarely state what may block God from giving us those blessings. This is why I feel it is so important to realize that if we have hate in our hearts, we have an unforgiving spirit or we have a spirit of anger within us, we may be blocking some tremendous blessings.

If we see rage, hostility or a venting dislike for others, we see a person with problems. Anger can break our relationship with God and others. And it may cause us to become isolated from others. It can give us a critical spirit and cause us to become judgmental. Anger can take away joy, happiness and a peace of mind.

Ephesians 4:26 – 27 – “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.” What may be the result of being angry? It can become a sin. The apostle Paul says that we can have strong feelings without being sinful. Paul is talking about our temper. There are ways to express and control our anger. If our anger causes bitterness, wrath and malice, anger can control us rather than we controlling it. Therefore, there may be times we have feelings of anger but they must not affect our Christian attitude and our actions to the point we commit sin. Anger can become dangerous and must be under the Control of the Holy Spirit within us.

We know that anger can cause anxiety and frustration. But do we realize how much it may affect our health? When we become angry our blood pressure goes up, our heart beats faster, we become more tense and our adrenalin starts pumping. An angry person is susceptible to heart attacks and strokes.

In regard to the break in: In my blog, “A Christian’s Advantage” I had mentioned how an individual went through some very trying times and asked God: “What am I to learn from this!” This was the first thing I thought. When I arrived at the office at 5:00 a.m. a police and two forensic ladies were looking for information to apprehend those who had taken the equipment and damaged the office. Normally, I may not have had three from the police department immediately on the spot trying to gather information. As a store manager I have had a number of break ins but rarely ever had anyone seemingly trying too hard to gather information. However, my reaction was what I had learned previously: “Lord what am I to learn from this?” If Jesus hanging on the cross said: God, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing. Should I not have the same mind-set over just equipment? The point: don’t let anger keep you from receiving a blessing from God and the advantages we have as Christians.

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