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Cease from Anger, and Forsake Wrath (Psalm 37:8)

Introductory Thoughts

One of the enemies of righteousness is the type of ungodly anger exhibited all too frequently by so many believers. The Bible says that this type of anger is to have no part in the believer’s life. The apostle Paul gave this admonition, “But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth” (Colossians 3:8). Contextually, it is evident that the anger referenced is not a godly anger against unrighteous things, but an ungodly anger that finds its frustration in things that should not induce one to be angry or wrathful. Unfortunately, believers are far from exempt from this type of sinful anger. This is nothing new since David warned against such anger when he said, “Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.”

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): When David thought Nabal had not treated him and his men properly, he let his anger go too far. David was going to destroy all the men of Carmel. He was thankful God sent Abigail to stop him (1 Samuel 25:21, 26-27, 30-33; Romans 12:19).
  • (For everyone): Do you find yourself angry without a just cause? What kind of anger do you find in your heart most frequently? How can you evaluate your anger to see if it is the godly or ungodly type of anger?
  • Read Colossians 3:1-10. Why should you put off anger and wrath? What effect do these things have on your ability to be a godly believer?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Thank the Lord for giving you the ability to cease from anger.
  • Ask the Lord to give you the strength to do right.