Has anyone else been there? Everything seems just fine and one person’s bad mood takes over and finds its way into everyone else. There is truth to the saying, “If momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!”
The bible tells us that certain bad moods or temperaments can be contagious and that we need to guard against them.
Anger is one of the temperaments God warns us about.
Anger is contagious.
Its as if the angry person is a skilled arsonist who knows where to place his sparks to ignite the flames of anger in your heart. Once ignited, its difficult to control those flames. We can even become guilty of sharing the flames of anger with others and perpetrating the damage.
Damage from anger can be devastating, but an added issue with anger is that it has some pretty hazardous travel companions.
“For I am afraid that when I come I won’t like what I find, and you won’t like my response. I am afraid that I will find quarreling, jealousy, anger, selfishness, slander, gossip, arrogance, and disorderly behavior.”,(2 Corinthians 12:20b, NLT)
According to the above verses, these nasty behaviors follow anger.
- Evil Behavior
- Disorderly behavior
- Malicious behavior
- Dirty language
Very rarely will we find one without at least a few others. The person who has allowed anger to control him, is also controlled by these other traits. God tells us to guard against allowing this to happen. He doesn’t want us to pick up the stone of anger because He knows how damaging it can be to us as well as the people around us.
How do we keep this from happening?
Anger in itself isn’t bad. It is a natural emotion and there are healthy ways, reasons, and times to be angry. Where we go wrong is when we allow anger to control us, our thoughts, and our behaviors.
Spending time with God and in His Word is the key to living a life not controlled by anger.
Dear Lord, As my eyes are opened to the dangers of falling prey to anger, I am humbled. I know in my own I can’t win the battle but with your help I can have victory over anger and all of its companions. Help me walk in the new person you have created me to be and embrace a heart of tenderness and forgiveness. In doing this, I am partnering with You. I thank you for this, In Jesus’ name I pray ~ Amen