There is a person I know who has a lot of anger inside and is angry pretty much most of the time. It doesn’t seem to matter the cause, either. Her outbursts would be laughable if it weren’t for the fact she leaves wounded people in her wake. While I don’t believe anger in itself is wrong; Jesus vented his anger at the money changers in the temple after all, I do believe allowing it to control us and injure those around us, is wrong.
While thinking about the ability or inability to control our anger, I’m reminded of King Saul. It seems he was a person who didn’t know how to handle his anger in an acceptable manner.
In his fits of rage he’d lash out verbally and physically to those around him. Instead of looking at the root of his anger; jealousy and self-doubt, Saul allowed his anger to fester to the point of irrational rage.
Saul was jealous of David’s popularity. That jealousy led to anger. That anger led to attempts on David’s life.
David wasn’t the one going around singing songs of praise about his accomplishments. The people were. David’s songs were songs of praise to the LORD.
When David had the opportunity – twice – to take Saul’s life he refused, despite the fact if it had been the other way around, Saul would not have blinked before plunging a spear through David’s heart.
Instead of retaliating, David took his problem with Saul to God, and let God handle it.
I think it’s fair to say each of us deals with anger in our lives. If you’ve never been angry, I’d like to know your secret. Some of us face the fact we’re angry and try to discover the root cause, then we take it to God for healing. Some of us allow Satan to take that pain and hurt and use it as a weapon against those around us.
Do you know someone who has a problem handling their anger in a positive way? What do you do or say to help them?
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Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. Proverbs 29:11 (NIV)
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