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Conquer Unrestrained Anger - May 23rd 2024

Thursday, 23rd May, 2024

By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome


“Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun  go down upon your wrath” (Ephesians 4:26 KJV).              


Have you noticed how some infants sometimes exhibit signs of anger? Unfortunately, some individuals carry this unchecked anger into adulthood. It is crucial to acknowledge and conquer unrestrained anger that may have been acquired during early life.

It brings to mind the story of Moses in Numbers 20. When the children of Israel were thirsty for water in the wilderness, they cried to Moses. When Moses spoke to the Lord about it, He instructed Moses to speak to the rock before the children of Israel and water would come out (Numbers 20:8).

The instruction was for Moses to speak to the rock to give them water; he wasn’t to strike it. But out of anger, and frustration due to the people's complaints, he struck the rock instead. The Bible says, “And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them” (Numbers 20:12).

Yes, water gushed forth, but the consequence was dire: God declared that Moses would not enter the Promised Land. This story gives a poignant example of how uncontrolled emotions can impede one's journey. Moses allowed his anger to govern his actions, and his unbridled anger prevented him from entering the Promised Land. 

James 1:20 says, "For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God." Your anger will never produce God's righteousness; it’ll lead to actions contrary to God's will. Anger causes people to take actions they otherwise wouldn’t have taken, and by the time they recollect, it might be too late. 

Therefore, conquer anger with the Word. Ephesians 4:26-27 TLB says, “If you are angry, don’t sin by nursing your grudge. Don’t let the sun go down with you still angry—get over it quickly; for when you are angry, you give a mighty foothold to the devil.”


"Dear Father, your Word is my life; thank you for the transformation, light and guidance that I receive today through your Word. My heart and mind are stayed only on your true and living Word. As I contemplate on it, I experience victory, divine health, and blessings and I’m continually metamorphosed from glory to glory, in Jesus’ Name. Amen."


Proverbs 14:29; James 1:19-20 ; Colossians 3:8


John 11:1-16; 2 Kings 10-12


1 Corinthians 11:30-34; Proverbs 19


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