Meet Jealousy's Hostile Sidekick

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We treat anger like it's no big deal, but that's not what the Bible says.

Today I want to call out his hostile sidekick Anger. 

You might be afraid to ask for help in this area. I imagine you don't want anyone to know that Anger is hiding under your bed and creeping into your heart at night. Sweet Christian girls don't get angry, right? Or they throw the occasional angry fit and then go on with their day like it's no big deal. But anger is a big deal.

Jealousy is often called the green-eyed monster because it toys with our hearts before sinking in its teeth, much like cats do. Anger is said to make us see red. It is an emotion that tends to blot out reality until we can only see the fury we are feeling. 

The Bible has a lot to say on the subject of anger. Here is a crash course. Love is not easily angered (1 Corinthians 13:5). Outbursts of anger aren't fitting for God's people (2 Corinthians 12:20). It is possible to be angry and not sin (Matthew 21:12–13; Ephesians 4:26). When we are angry, we need to deal with it instead of letting it simmer in our hearts for days, weeks, or years (Ephesians 4:26).The Bible tells us to get rid of anger and to practice forgiveness as an alternative (Colossians 3:8). Anger keeps us from the righteous life that God desires (James 1:20).

 

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