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“Let all bitterness and wrath, and anger and clamour and evil speaking, be put away from you with all malice.” – Ephesians 4:31.

Comment:

As mortals we can not totally avoid wrath or anger as offences must come, but our understanding will come to play in the way we are able to manage such situations. The Bible says that we should be angry and sin not, that is, we can be angry if we have cause to, but let it not result to sin. (Ephesians 4:26). It was due to uncontrolled anger that made Simeon and his brother Levi to utterly slay all the male inhabitants of the land among the Canaanites and the Perizzites because of their sister Dinah whom Shechem the son of Hamor defiled. Jacob shortly before he died gathered his sons together to bless them, but when he got to the turn of Simeon and Levi, he said “Curse be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.” (Genesis 49:7). This is the result of uncontrolled anger. Their father was not happy with them. People of God should allow their emotions to be controlled by the spirit of God. “And the fruit of the spirit is love, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance…” – Galatians 5:22, 23.

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