Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity. — Ephesians 4:26-27
Ever found yourself upset at sunset? Or, in other words have you ever found yourself being angry, especially at the end of the day? We've all been there, haven't we? Do you think you're alone when you have those feelings? The following illustration may surprise you.
When you think about the British, what image comes to mind? Maybe polite tea parties and gentlemanly games of cricket, perhaps? Or long hikes in the quiet countryside? Well, think again. According to a national survey by the RAC Foundation for Motoring in Great Britain, 80.4 percent of United Kingdom drivers reported they'd been the victims of road rage. Some 70 percent confessed they had committed road-rage offenses, though only 14 percent indicated any remorse for their actions. In other words, the other guy deserved it!
An earlier survey published by the RAC concluded that 600,000 British drivers have been physically attacked in road-rage incidents. More than a million drivers have been rammed by another motorist. Wow. Talk about bumper cars! And we thought people on our highways got angry.
Now what's so bad about anger? Well, anger can be a positive thing, especially if we get angry about injustice, abortion, crime, sin, lying, corruption, violence, perversion and other evils in the world. That kind of anger can motivate us to do something about those issues. When God expressed His anger in scripture it was always against things like that.
But anger can also be very negative, and the Bible warns us many times about anger that gets out of control. In fact, the word used for anger is literally the same word for "wrath," which is a state of mind that is bent on revenge, or getting even, or payback time. Did you know that revenge, payback and the like is God's job? In fact, He says in Romans 10:19, "It is mine to avenge, I will repay, says the Lord."
So, next time you get angry—and we all do more than we'd like to admit—let's make sure it doesn't get out of hand. God will help us calm our spirits if we'll turn to him and let Him turn down the heat, especially by the time the sun goes down.