Like the spirit of fear, depression, hate and anxiety, anger is another spirit that negatively impacts the individual, the family and the world at large. The spirit of anger usually manifests in situations where persons believe they’ve been violated, offended, rejected or hurt generally over something that was either said or done. This is not to suggest that the spirit will manifest so long as persons are hurting but we must recognize that the context within which persons’ feelings are hurt, plays a significant role in determining whether or not they entertain the spirit of anger. In this article, we’ll examine a few scriptures in which anger manifests itself and use the same examples to identify certain key characteristics to look for in the spirit.
Israel’s Disobedience stirs up Moses’ Anger
When the men of Israel returned from war against the Midianites in Numbers Chapter 31, Moses was angry with the officers for they had disobeyed his command when they kept all the Midianite women alive. Similarly, when the children of Israel forsook the Lord to serve their foreign gods, the Lord’s anger was greatly aroused on numerous occasions like in Judges 2:12, for He had commanded the children of Israel, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them…Exodus 20:3-5”.
So where there is disobedience to a command or a given instruction, the spirit of anger will lend itself causing some individuals to yield to its powers.
King Saul’s Embarrassment stirs up Anger
After the defeat of the Philistines in 1 Samuel Chapter 18, David and king Saul were on their way home when the women of the city came out to meet them and were singing the song, “Saul has slain his thousands, David has slain his ten thousands.” Though the women’s words might have been true, Saul’s anger was greatly kindled and the reason for this is not so hard to fathom. If one were to examine their words carefully, one will notice that there is a comparison being made between the king and one of his subordinates. To make matters worse, the success of his subordinate was purportedly ten times greater than what he [king Saul] had accomplished in his capacity as king. So one can only understand the embarrassment that was faced by king Saul upon hearing the words of the women not only in the presence of those who were passing by, but also in the presence of David, the one with whom he was being compared.
According to 1 Samuel 18:8, “Saul became very angry, and the saying displeased him; and he said, “they have ascribed to David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed only thousands. Now what more can he have but the kingdom?”” So we see here that embarrassment precipitates the spirit of anger and based on the example, we recognize that the spirit manifests itself in situations where one’s self confidence is placed under attack.
Characteristics of the spirit of Anger
Having mentioned the above examples, we realize that although the circumstances might have been different, the context out of which the spirit of anger was birthed was similar in all three situations. Firstly, you will notice that in all three examples someone was the ‘offender’ and another was ‘the offended’. In the case of Moses and the officers of the army, the officers were the offenders and Moses was the one being offended. In the case God and the children of Israel, the children of Israel were the offenders and God was the offended. In 1 Samuel 18, the women of the city were the offenders and king Saul was the offended.
So then, we can take our assessment of anger’s characteristics even a step further by assessing the circumstances individually. In the case of Moses and the children of Israel, Moses represented authority which means the officers refused to submit to authority. So anger manifests where there’s resistance which includes resistance to authority. Similarly, in the case of the children of Israel, God represents superiority and their failure to submit to His commands is what had kindled His anger. So the spirit of anger acquaints itself with situations that involve insubordinate behaviours. As it relates to king Saul, there was inequality on display and this inequality turned out to be an attack on Saul’s ego. So where there’s inequality between two or more persons who are being judged on the same matter, there is a high possibility that the spirit of anger will manifest. In another article, we will examine the ways in which the spirit of anger can be controlled at the individual level and in a marriage.
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