By nature we are angry people. This is because we are born with a sinful nature. We see it in a wee little baby hardly out of the womb. We see it in a determined toddler. We see it in a strong willed teen. We see it in adult hood. We see it in the elderly and even some on the death bed.
Anger itself is not actually a sin… Interesting isn’t it? How can a feeling this strong and passionate not be sin? Truth is, it only becomes sin when acted upon or when left to simmer. I am an especially heated person. My temperature levels shoot up in a seconds notice and quite often my words slip out just as quickly. And therefore having acted upon my anger, I have sinned.
This is a bad habit or attitude to have. As I said before, we are by nature angry people, so naturally we will get upset. Even Jesus got upset. BUT WE MUST BE CAREFUL HOW WE REACT TO THIS FEELING! Here are the choices we have:
- We can become very bitter people and create many enemies and regrets by letting the anger pot boil over.
- We can pass on our reactions to anger on to our children and it will be a continuous cycle of actively angry people
- Or we can look to the cross and accept the blood of the Lamb and renounce the spirit of a quick temper.
Which one do you choose? I personally chose the third. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a journey of trials and temptations. I still get angry but instead of acting upon it, I take a deep breath and pray to the heavenly Father. He will provide you with the grace to overcome. Pray outloud right there and then. Send Satan on his way. Or if you need to count to ten, do it a hundred times or until the anger subsides. Maybe even step into a quiet room. Get away from the situation and speak to your Father. I promise you, there is victory in the cross. You will fall but don’t let it drag you down. Ask for forgiveness and remember we are sinful people. Take ahold of Christ’s hand and continue on. With time you will get better and someday you will recieve your reward.
The Mennonite Wife