Our God is Bigger than Anger
This month in chapel, we’re focusing on this year’s theme, Our God is bigger than, with the monthly topic, anger. Anger is a normal reaction to circumstances in which we or those we love are treated unjustly. Even Jesus, who was sinless, became angry. Matthew 21, for example, describes Jesus’ anger towards those who had turned the temple into a marketplace. However, the Bible cautions us to not let our anger lead to sin. In Ephesians 4, we read, “In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.”
Anger can easily lead to sins such as gossip, slander, unforgiveness and bullying. Holding onto anger can lead to bitterness and resentment, which steal our peace and joy and, over time, can result in poor emotional and physical health.
In the classroom, teachers have been exploring the theme of anger during morning devotions. Mr. Stassen, for example, has discussed the biblical approach to dealing with anger and how this impacts students and the wider school community.
“Being slow to anger and quick to forgive, and treating one another with kindness, leads to a greater sense of harmony, belonging and wellbeing for all students. Doing this is not only pleasing to God, but ultimately, leads to better learning outcomes,” he explains.
While it may seem impossible to let go of anger and not use it as an excuse to sin, that’s where our theme comes in— Philippians 4:26 reminds us that we “… can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.” Through the supernatural power of God, we can realize the truth that our God is indeed bigger than anger.
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