Anger and the Open Arms of Jesus

Michael Beck

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” (Matthew 11:28,29)

Many events in our life have the potential to anger us. There is no escaping anger producing events. We encounter them multiple times every day. To think we will reach a “holy” point in this life where we will no longer experience anger is a fantasy. Such a day will not come.

But scripture tells us: “Be ye angry, and sin not …” (Eph. 4:26) While experiencing anger is inevitable, sinning as a result does not have to be. If we are to be kept from an ungodly response to the rising of anger in our heart we will need to be learning of our Lord, who is meek and lowly of heart. Anger is a golden opportunity to share more deeply in the life of Christ. We all need to grow in the heart and mind and response of Jesus, and anger is a wonderful cue to do so.

Why get trapped in the prison house of anger when Christ came to set you free? Don’t run away from your emotions; don’t bury them or explode; take them all to Jesus. Tell Him all about your troubles. He understands. He’s been where you are. And He has everything you need to transcend and overcome an evil response to evil. Make Him your lifelong Mentor.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.