This is a subject we have all faced at one point or another. Those of you who encounter traffic on your daily commute and share the road with badly behaved drivers may have reached this point a little more often than most. In life, getting angry at things which are in and out of our control is a given. The way that we react when we are in these situations, however, can be controlled through the choices we make.
We are called to be the ambassadors of our heavenly FATHER, here on earth. We therefore cannot simply represent HIM in any way we choose, but have the mandate to represent HIM according to HIS will. In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven (Matt 6:9-10 NKJV).
What then is the way in which we should not react? Paul writes "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). James had another important statement on anger: So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God (Jas 1:19-20).
This is how one should react. Doing things in our FATHER’s way is always more difficult and often confronts the way in which we were taught to do things while growing up. We should always be mindful of whom we are representing here on earth and how our reaction to anger will affect the image we portray of our FATHER. The first part of Proverbs 23:7 reads as follows: For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God (Rom 12:1-2).
We can express anger in a godly way by renewing our mind to GOD’s way of doing things. We can choose to react to the things that anger us in a way that is fitting for one with the mandate of representing the heavenly on earth. When we are born again, we receive a new ‘spiritual DNA’. Even though we might have grown up doing things in a certain manner we have the ability to change all of that by deciding to let go of our own desires and choosing to tap into our new GOD-given abilities and grow and mature in the way of the kingdom of GOD.
Jesus Christ was a master of doing GOD’s will as per the following verse: For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin (Heb 4:15).
If we are then also told (as we read above) to not sin when we become angry, it must therefore be possible for us to do so. The secret is to always be obedient to the way of our FATHER alone.
Then Jesus answered and said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner” (John 5:19).
Now we know this does not only apply to Jesus Christ but to us also, as Paul writes in Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
With this knowledge, we can all mature and learn to only react the way FATHER would, even when we get angry.