Week 6: [The Deadly Series]: Wrath
This first series, called the Deadly Series, will be a 7-week long journey where we will be discussing the 7 deadly sins that God finds detestable to his people. There will be one sin per week, with each sin we will talk about the Godly traits we will need to exhibit to combat the deadly one. Don’t worry, we will discuss these sins in grave detail as this series will be very informative, thought-provoking, and loaded with various bible scriptures to help support and back each discussion-based topic.
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A Spirit of Wrath
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.
Wrath: extreme anger. It’s a deep vengeful emotion and makes people become irrational, hostile, aggressive, and rageful.
Why is Wrath a Sin?
The Bible warns us about being vengeful and having moments of rage. When we become consumed by rage and are irrational then we have engaged in this deadly sin.
Anger is a powerful emotion that can literally cost us our lives. I've seen time and time again where people lose their self-control and reacted in pure anger and hatred. Maya Angelou said it best when she said, “When people show you who they are, believe them the first time.”
When we react in a way that is, for one, not of God, then we have sinned or will sin. God is not hateful, or vengeful. He does not provoke, tease, or mock us. We have to get our minds to realize that God is love and anything that is not love, is not of God. PeriodT.
Many people have a preconceived notion that the devil is an evil entity that has the appearance of horns on top of his head, mischievous eyes, a tail, and usually being red all over. This is the visual image that we have been conditioned to see him as. Think about what we discussed when we described his characteristics: the bible tells us that the Devil is a liar, evil, mean, trickster, demonic, and so on. In the bible, it was mentioned that the Devil was one of the most beautiful angels that was truly perfect in God’s eye until he tried to overthrow God. Lucifer’s wickedness overshadowed his beauty and it made him ugly and hideous to all that came into contact with him. How many of you have ever heard someone say, “They are so beautiful on the outside, but their hatefulness makes them ugly.”
Dreamers, we have to realize that when we embody these deadly sins like wrath, gluttony, lust, pride, greed, envy, and sloth we are no longer representing the visage of God, instead we have chosen to bear the visage of Satan. When you get ready to do something or say something to someone do you listen to the Holy Spirit to guide you? Remember that you have the choice to choose which way that you will go! Will you choose the path that leads to an eternal life with our heavenly father or will you choose the path that will lead your soul to eternal damnation? God is not going to force you to choose, on judgment day, he is going to observe how you acted, how you treated others, and what you did with what you had! Will he be pleased with you or will you be yet another soul that the adversary has been allowed to corrupt? Read about the fruits of the spirit and transform yourself into what God had called for you to be. Don’t know about you but Hell is hot, and I don’t like heat!!!
Has anger ever gotten you into trouble?
I can attest to this question. My anger has gotten me into a lot of trouble, my mouth too. I am quick with comebacks and even quicker with my smart mouth. I remember almost 4 years ago, God put me in a season where he literally put my life on hold. All of the things that I loved to do, I didn't enjoy them anymore. I had no inspiration or willpower to do them anymore. In this season, I was jealous because it seemed like everyone was living their life as I remained trapped in mine, pissed off at people because they were using and abusing me, mad at the world, at my parents, enraged about my life and how it was going. All of these things kept me from enjoying my life. This kept me from seeing the positive in my life, all of my negative feelings overshadowed everything, which left me living my life in built-up anger. For years I would fester on things I couldn't control until one emotion was constant, my wrath.
It took coming to God in prayer in 2019, to help me fix what was so broken in me, years of therapy, (by the way my therapist is amazing and so patient with me. I truly thank her) self-evaluation, self-discovery, the willingness to want better for myself and for my life, and completely being honest with myself and the action to change what I can control, me!
What Does God Say About Wrath?
Let's refer to the bible about this topic. Proverbs 86:15 says we should be slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. This is a clear representation of how to withhold your self-control in the face of confrontation but also holding fast to Christ-like morals. I've said this before and the bible backs and fully supports this also, God is Love. When we display anything outside of love that is negative then we are no longer operating in love.
This took me years to understand. Well, the reason for that was, one, I wasn't reading my bible like I should have been doing. Two, I felt like if you came for me in a disrespectful manner then I'm popping off. This angry mentality got me into a lot of battles that God never intended for me to fight. We can be the problem without even knowing it until we do the work and make the change.
Living with a spirit of wrath will do that to you every time. Your flesh, if you let it, will show up and show out, provoking the situation, fueling the fire that is already blazing to begin with. Every situation, frustration, or tribulation does not always need your attention, reaction, or retaliation. Perfect and master the art form of walking away, because if you don't, it will cost you spiritually, mentally, and physically.
Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly
Proverbs is the book of advice and wisdom. A lot of things we should or shouldn't do when it comes to everyday living are from proverbs. When we are faced with confrontation we should remember this scripture. To be slow to anger which leads to great understanding.
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Just from these two scriptures alone, we should know just how serious wrath can be. The Bible doesn’t make it any plainer than this. If you conform to anger you have sinned, so repent. If you surrender yourself with splenetic and tetchy people, then what does that say about you? Be careful of the company you keep!
Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man, or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.
People In the Bible That Struggled With Wrath
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
Moses: In the book of Exodus 2, you will find the story of Moses. But let's jump over to Exodus 32, Moses had just come down from the mountain after meeting with God. As Moses was walking down with the 10 Commandments that were written in God's hand [Exodus 32:15-16], he noticed that the people of Israel were dancing around worshiping a Golden Calf. They had corrupted themselves and were too oblivious to know it.
Exodus 32:19 says when Moses saw them dancing around the Golden Calf, he became very angry (now, in my bible it says, "Moses' anger burned") and threw the tablets that God had written from his hands and shattered them at the bottom of the mountain.
If you turn again to the book of Numbers 20: 1-13, here you’ll find the people of Israel getting frustrated with Moses and his brother Aaron. The people of Israel were hungry and in need of food and water, Moses went to God in prayer and he instructed Moses and his brother to lead the people to the rock for him to speak to it. Well, Moses just disregarded all of what God say and took it upon himself to strike the rock twice instead of obeying God. Out ofMoses’ disobedience, God punished him.
It seems that Moses has a problem with hitting things in my opinion, I’m just saying! Moses was a radical worshipper, disciple for God. In both stories, in my opinion, Moses became disappointed with the people of Israel because, in his mind, God had done so much for his people by bringing them out of Egypt, and by providing for them. So, how dare they complain and disrespect God by putting up idols. This probably resulted in making Moses very angry and with that, his anger led him to lash out in wrath.
We have to be careful when we let our flesh overshadow what God wants us to do. It might have felt good to throw those tablets or even to strive the rock, but in doing so Moese was out of order. If Moses controlled himself, he might have been able to join the people in the promised land.
I encourage you to read more about the story of Moses and also learn what happened next!
Cain: If we go to the book of Genesis 4, we will find the story of Cain and Abel. These two brothers are the sons of Adam and Eve. If you read further, you will soon find that God favored Abel for his offering, but not Cain. This made Cain very angry, God asked him why he was so angry. He continued by saying if you did what I asked then you too would be favored. Cain decided to lead his brother out to a field and attack and kill him.
Read Genesis 4, beginning at verse 9, to see how God dealt with Cain after killing his brother out of rage and jealousy. Out of these two emotions alone can have a person do practically anything that is detestable to God.
It's safe to say with both of these stories show God frowns upon those who react in wrath or anger. The bible says we are allowed to be angry but sin now. Do not let the sun go down on your anger. [Ephesians 4:26]. Wrath is a hard emotion, but yet powerful and can hold so much damage if you let it consume you. In the 1st year of A Golden Dream, I wrote the Golden Basics. It's practically topics that almost everyone has done through and can or could relate to regardless of where they are spiritually in Christ. I touched on wrath. If you desire, please read Motivational Monday #30: 5:59/8:59.
How Wrath Affects Us?
Let’s talk about how wrath affects us physically first.
According to studies, anger indeed attacks the body. It attacks the body by raising levels of anxiety, high blood pressure, stress, and strain on the heart. With prolonged built-up anger, the body releases stress hormones to the brain which can later cause other areas of the body to be inflamed and cause swelling.
Spiritually, wrath affects us why simply burning bridges and relationships with others. If we can not control ourselves and our reaction to things and people, then how can God bless us with gifts, our purpose, blessings, and all things that are from above.
I will execute great vengeance on them with wrathful rebukes. Then they will know that I am the Lord, when I lay my vengeance upon them.
Ways to Combat Wrath
because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.
Starting from 10 slowly count backward to 1. If that's not enough, start at 20 or 30 and work your way to one. The idea is to focus on counting and not your emotions increasing or the situation at hand.
Take a Walk
Walking away is a superpower, I'm telling you. Perfect the art of walking away. If it gets to be too much then just walk! There's no need to put yourself further and deeper into the situation when it's already out of control.
Exercising is also a good idea. Take a walk, stroll or hike for a couple of minutes even. Go swimming, ride a bike, play tennis, or basketball, whatever gets your body moving to release tension, then do it. Be active!
I used this very method when someone was trying to come for me sideways. I wanted to tell them off but I didn't. I saw no point in arguing with crazy people. I had to repeatedly say to myself, be slow to speak, slow to anger, and quick to listen.
Take a Time Out
Just like we tell children when they are out of order, we need an adult time out. Give yourself some time and sit by yourself to write, refocus, regroup. This time is to focus on what you need to do for yourself.
It's always a good idea to get out of your head and write it all down. That's what I do, I always have a pen and paper near just in case. Journaling can be so therapeutic and can reduce anxiety tremendously. Try it for yourself.
What are some ways that calm you down? Comment below.
Characteristics of Wrath
But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.
Always quick to be understood than to understand
Insensitive to others feelings
Can be harsh on the outside but insecure on the inside
Put Your Wrath In ✅
Golden Nuggets I Leave you!
Gey Golden Dreamers, I hope today’s post really blessed you today. I hope that you understood the importance of wrath and how it affects not only our bodies but our spiritual walk with Christ too.
If your anger plays a huge role in your life then I encourage you to go to God in prayer and ask God to calm your heart and mind. To mend what is broken and to reveal what needs to be fixed so that you can operate in the work that God has deemed you to do. Encourage yourself and speak over yourself and call out to the things that do not exist as though they already do, [Romans 4:17] see yourself changed and renewed through the work of the Lord. Speak it! Your wors have so much power in them.
I leave you with this, be mindful of your irascible nature towards others. We must treat people the way we want to be treated. We have to take responsibility for our lack of self-control and gain control over our out-of-order behavior. Now that you know better, will you do better!?!
Questions To Consider
Can I control my anger?
Do I know when and how to walk away from a situation that is out of control?
Do I know my own triggers that tells me this is no longer healthy for me anymore?
Does my wrath control my life to where no-one wants to be around me? How do you know?
After reading this post about wrath, how can I express being anger but not so much that I’m committing a sin?
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil.