“Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord.” Romans 12:19
Definition: Actions displayed by an individual which spurn love and opt instead for fury.
Scripture Reading: Ester 3:1-15; 5:9-14; 7:1-10
Anger is a difficult stronghold to overcome. It can be displayed in many different ways, from severe outbursts to quiet with drawl. But the heart of anger is the same – the unwillingness to love others as Jesus taught us to love while leaving the rest up to the Father to judge at the proper time. I pray the words of this study will refresh your soul once again today.
Diving In: After reading the scripture referenced above, answer the following questions.
What was the cause of Haman’s wrath?(Ester 3:5)
What plot did Haman devise out of the wrath he felt in his heart toward Mordecai and the Jewish people?
How did Haman twist the truth in conveying his discontent about the Jews to gain the approval of the king for his evil plot? (Ester 3:8-9)
What does Haman’s conversation with his wife and friends reveal about how his anger had clouded his judgement? (Ester 5:10-14)
Compare King Ahasuerus’ wrath with the wrath of Haman. (Ester 7:7-8)
How did the tables turn in the end on Haman? (Ester 7:9-10)
Prayer and Scripture Meditation:
Praise Jesus Christ for “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself” (Ephesians 1:7-9).
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to, you through the scripture provided, ways you struggle with anger in your life or ways to help others in your life who struggle with anger. (Romans 12:9-21, Matthew 5:38-48, Isaiah 50:6-11, and Luke 23:32-34)
Take time to write down the verses that speak to you.
Pray through them while asking God to restore those areas of your life and the destruction anger has caused in them.
Then seek God and how He is calling you to start the process of reconciliation and healing both in your life and in your heart.