Act Like It!

Today’s Scripture is Ephesians 4:25-26 New International Version (NIV),

Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.  “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,

Today’s Blog Post is by Annje Hutchinson, Administrative Assistant…

We have an array of human emotions:

Sadness

Fear

Joy

Embarrassment

Anger

Disgust

Surprise

Courage

Shame

Envy

Love

Boredom

The movie Inside Out is about a young girl (Riley) who is uprooted from the life she knows in the Midwest and moved half way across the country to San Francisco. The movie stars the young girl’s emotions as if they were each a separate person with a unique personality in her mind. Anger, who is voiced by the “angry” comedian Lewis Black, decides that Riley should just take the bus back to her home in the Midwest where she was happy. In his anger, Anger gets a little violent with the controls of Riley’s “emotions board” and it breaks, leaving poor Riley emotionless and not able to reverse her decision without the help of all the emotions together.

Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians is not saying that anger is innately bad or that we should suppress our anger. He’s saying be careful how we act when we are angry because we represent something bigger than ourselves. We represent the ENTIRE body of Christ. Riley, when faced with her anger over having to make new friends, fit into a new school and try new things, acts hastily and irrationally. She does not think about how her parents would miss her terribly. She does not think about what could happen to her on a trip by herself as a young girl. She does not think that, maybe, there was a healthier way to deal with her anger.

Anger can call us to action, move us to make changes in our lives or to make better choices for ourselves. However, when anger controls our lives, it can make us act irrationally, feel depressed and bitter, and cause physical ailments like high blood pressure and headaches. Paul, in today’s scripture, is telling us righteous anger is fine, but talk with the person we are angry with, face the situation we are angry about. Make things right and do it quickly… before the “sun goes down.” Also, he is saying don’t sin in our anger. Don’t spread rumors about the person we are angry with. Don’t have an affair on our spouse because we are angry with him or her. Don’t lie to get out of trouble when we are angry. Don’t drive erratically when we are angry with another driver. Never sin in our anger.

Remember who we are and who we belong to when we are angry. We are Christians and belong to God! We are the body of Christ… Act like it!

One thought on “Act Like It!

  1. Thank you, Annje. I think of anger as the “nuclear weapon” of emotions: too easy to use, easy to lose control over, and the collateral damage can be devastating. I didn’t realize that, as a follower and reflection of Jesus, I make Him part of that damage when I lose my temper. Enough to make me stop and think…and then think some more!

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