It may seem strange that this topic of anger arises in a Bible chapter dealing with wisdom, but the Bible relates anger to a lack of wisdom: i.e., associated with ‘fools’. Let’s look at some other verses:
“A fool shows his annoyance at once,
but a prudent [wise] man overlooks an insult” Proverbs 12:16
“A quick-tempered man does foolish things,
and a crafty man is hated” Proverbs 14:17
“A patient man has great understanding,
but a quick-tempered man displays folly.” Proverbs 14:29
“Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man,
do not associate with one easily angered,
or you may learn his ways
and get yourself ensnared.” Proverbs 22:24
The control of anger depends on the gaining of wisdom, which is itself an accumulation of understanding of the human nature, and the steps that God has provided for the control of our sinful nature. The New Testament book of James can help us understand this aspect. Also of relevance is the internal struggle that the Apostle Paul was engaged in with his own personal feelings. 1 Paul appreciated that it was only he, himself, that could master the situation—he did not blame his actions on an ‘outside agency’ such as ‘Satan’, but on the weakness of his own flesh to behave in the way that it should. Unfortunately we have all been born with the same sinful flesh nature, and therefore we must each, as individuals, overcome these bad natural trends for ourselves. Fortunately, however, we are not without divine help, for as Paul wrote,
“I can do everything through him [Jesus Christ] who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13
Jesus can do this for you too, for it is written:
“ For this reason he [Jesus Christ] had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of his people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” Hebrews 2:17–18
And from the writer James,
“My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.” James 19–21
One aspect of life in the world today that has rapidly gained acceptance is homosexuality. If we are seeking to live a reasonable life in the Lord, how does this topic impact on our lives? Should we sufficiently love to accept the situation, perhaps with a sympathetic outlook, or should we be resisting its increase in the world around us?
The Bible’s first mention made relating to sexuality is found in its first chapter.
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number;” Genesis 1:27–28a
“But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
The man said,
“This is now bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman’,
for she was taken out of man.”
For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.” Genesis 2:20b–24
The Bible expects that the ‘normal’ male-female situation will probably lead through to a marriage relationship.
As time went on, mankind went their own direction rather than keeping to God’s intended direction. This applied to marriage and sexual relationships as much as to other aspects. 2 So God brought a flood on the earth and began again with Noah’s family. 3 To curb the same thing happening again, God introduced a ‘book of rules’ for guidance to His people. This is commonly known as ‘The Law of Moses’ and forms the kernel of the Old Testament books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy. Within the framework of the rules are parts assigned to sexuality and marriage. 4 Under this Law, any form of homosexuality was absolutely forbidden, and the punishment was severe.
“Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.… Everyone who does any of these detestable things—such persons must be cut off from their people.” Leviticus 18:22, 29
“If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.” Leviticus 20:13