Is Not Easily Angered?

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  1. drfuss

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    This week in a Bible study class, we were studying I Cor. 13. In verse 5, it says Love is not easily angered (NIV). The teacher suggested this means that it is okay to get irritated (angry), just don't let it out. He said we should have a long fuse. Do you agree?

    Does real love mean you do not get angry because of something another has done?

    Another minister said some time ago, no one can make me mad; only I can make me mad. The mad that rises within me is only the sin rising within me. Do you agree?

    Do we ever have a right to get mad of angry?
     
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    The Old Testament also says, "Be angry and sin not, but don't let the sun go down on your anger."

    There is a place for anger. Jesus got angry in the temple and threw the money changers out. I believe he also smashed tables and such.

    There is a righteous anger, but it shold not be self-serving. The scriptures show a balance in our temperament.

    Yes, love must prevail.

    Cheers,

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    Absolutely not. Unhallowed anger is never "okay."

    No. It means it is very difficult to make you angry.

    Not entirely, but I believe this minister has a better understanding of the emotion than the first one.

    I don't believe any fallen man can exercise hallowed anger. The wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.

    My desire is to be entirely free of anger.
     
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    Then you desire to be greater than you Lord, who Himself got angry. - I'm only playing with your words not literally meaning it Aaron.

    As Jim said, the scripture say be angry and sin not but I will make one correction to Jim's post. It is not the OT but in the NT, specifically in Ephesians.

    Thus scripture itself says we can be angry but also as you said it must be a properly placed anger. We can be angry in a righteous way but that anger will not be a consuming and embittering anger unlike evil or earthly anger. This evil anger is one that you will not relent, but maintain and hold against to the point of becoming bitter and hate filled and thus places us in a state of unforgiveness.

    Righteous anger however will address whatever the issue is with the intent not to belittle or get revenge but set right an obvious wrong allowing for repenance and reconcilliation. When Jesus drove the money changers out it was not for them to never return but deal with their blatant sinful attitudes and actions which where defiling the nature and purpose of the Temple being there.
     
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    drfuss: I think the temperament of the individual tends to have an effect on how one looks at this.

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    This week in a Bible study class, we were studying I Cor. 13. In verse 5, it says Love is not easily angered (NIV). The teacher suggested this means that it is okay to get irritated (angry), just don't let it out. He said we should have a long fuse. Do you agree?

    Aaron writes: Absolutely not. Unhallowed anger is never "okay."

    drfuss: The teacher mentioned above admits that he tends to be a hothead. So I suspect that his temperament has an influence on how he feels about this.


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    Another minister said some time ago, no one can make me mad; only I can make me mad. The mad that rises within me is only the sin rising within me. Do you agree?
    Aarom writes: Not entirely, but I believe this minister has a better understanding of the emotion than the first one.

    drfuss: This minister had an even temperament and therefore had no trouble taking that position.


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    Do we ever have a right to get mad of angry?
    Aaron writes: I don't believe any fallen man can exercise hallowed anger. The wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.

    My desire is to be entirely free of anger.

    drfuss: This is my desire also.
     
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    Psa 37:8 Cease from anger and forsake wrath; Do not fret; {it leads} only to evildoing. (Emphasis mine)
     
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    What Jim1999 said.
     
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    I think the verse means we are to have a "long fuse" and not get easily impatient and mad about every little thing.

    Christ himself got angry, but he didn't sin.
     
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    drfuss: Thank you all for your comments. They are very good.

    I see my OP was not specific enough for what I was after. The teacher in the OP indicated that some people just irritate him, but he does not consider that to be connected with "is not easily angered". He implied that the irritation feeling is not anger until it comes out. He said that some people are just irritable perple.

    Do you think that being irritated with another person is not anger until you unload it?

    Another question is: What shoulld a Christian do when he feels anger toward another person.
     
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    I think you can be irritated or even annoyed and not allow yourself to become angry.
     
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    But I will add "unloading" has nothing to do with determining if one is angry, that is just expressing your anger. You can still be angry in your heart and not show it.
     
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    My desire is to be like Him, who never got angry when He was personally assaulted. The only time we see Him angry is when His Father's glory was blasphemed.

    But . . .

    As I see the Scriptures, wrath and vengence belong only to Him. Only he can work the righteousness of God with anger.

    I do not believe anger belongs to me. According to Jesus, when I get angry I am a murderer. That's how I see it anyway. I hate anger, but it seems to occupy a high seat in my heart.
     
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    Quote: As Jim said, the scripture say be angry and sin not but I will make one correction to Jim's post. It is not the OT but in the NT, specifically in Ephesians.
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    Thank you. It is also in Psalm 4:4 where the KJV says, "Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still." In Hebrew it actually reads:"do not stand in anger....."

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
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    Sometimes we need to get angry. However, as I'm trying to teach my young son through counsel and example, I am not to allow my anger to control me. Of course, only in the Holy Spirit can this truly happen.
     
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    Anger can also be debilitating. Think. You hold anger against another person and that person doesn't even know you are angry. Who is suffering? Not them; you!

    Cheers,

    Jim
     

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