When you think of wrath what comes to your mind? We may think of someone who is red in the face. Someone who is yelling & screaming foul language. You may also picture someone who has lost their temper.
What is wrath? Merriam-Webster defines wrath as “strong vengeful anger or indignation”. It’s interesting that wrath includes the idea of vengeance. It’s much more than just losing one’s temper, though that can certainly lead to wrath, it is an excited anger that may lead to lashing out on others.
Have you ever seen someone lash out at someone else? When stressed, frustrated or flustered one may become quick tempered and lash out if they are not careful. It is always easier to talk about controlling one’s anger but it’s much more difficult to actually do it.
What warnings does the Bible give about wrath and anger? Let’s look at a few examples together.
He who is slow to wrath has great understanding, But he who is impulsive exalts folly. (Proverbs 14:29) When a person becomes angry, especially to the point of wrath, it’s common for mistakes (folly) to be made. This is just another reason to try desperately to control one’s anger.
A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. (Proverbs 15:1)
When talking with others we should not intentionally say or do things simply to get someone “fired up” such an attitude is not only wrong but is not the proper attitude of any Christian.
A man of great wrath will suffer punishment; For if you rescue him, you will have to do it again. (Proverbs 19:19) There are some that you sometimes have to try to calm down, to try to help an individual see reason and relax, the Bible warns that there are those who you may have to “rescue” in this way, time and time again. Let us not be one who needs such rescuing.
While it is not sinful to be upset over some things: sin, false teaching, promotion of error, etc. The Christian will be unable to win people for Christ if their anger is not in control.
Wrath causes harm to himself/herself, to the family at home, the Christian family at the local congregation and is displeasing to God. When dealing with wrath one should consider first why he/she is angry. Is it worthy being upset about? Having wrath because of the weather or a spilled glass of milk is not a good reason for wrath. We may be upset by it or disappointed but anger is not justified.
Second, consider if you are upset about something that has just taken place or it is a result of others things compounded that resulted in you coming to wrath.
Third, let us consider that if we deal with issues or concerns as they come and not all at once, wrath and anger in general will be much easier to keep at bay.
Fourth, keep in mind that those who have a problem with wrath, most often look foolish. A man/woman succumbing to wrath over something for example like sports…will indeed only look foolish.
Let us remember when it comes to wrath, it is a danger that must be kept at bay.
A stone is heavy and sand is weighty, But a fool's wrath is heavier than both of them. (Proverbs 27:3)
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