Anger. We all experience it. We aren’t supposed to sin, but it’s so easy to do when we are nursing whatever grudge we have embraced along the way. Someone let you down by not showing up when you needed them. Things are disastrous and you feel like you are rolling down a hill and picking up every offense along the way. Where is God when you got the diagnosis? Why did you have to be in the wrong place at the wrong time? You get the idea. So what do we do about it? In an ideal world, we could all communicate effectively and no one would get offended. So who is wrong? The offender or the offended? Maybe both.
We put on different masks and they can look very tempting at times. The mask of bitterness invites us to rehash situations where we were treated unfairly. This mask is greenish black and can include some ornate details from its sister mask, Envy. We longingly look at other people and their successes, and we wonder what they have that we don’t, or what they did to deserve it while you are still struggling. There is a mask called Resentment and this mask resembles the deep reds of Hatred and Revenge. It is our nature to want to make things right or defend ourselves no matter what the cost. I know these masks well because I have worn all of them. And I’m tired of wearing them because they are choking my soul of joy and contentment. It’s time for a bonfire.
We all know God wants us to love our enemies and treat them with kindness. He also doesn’t want us to sin or want revenge. But God, don’t you care that this injustice is happening?? Are you serious? How am I supposed to do that? Pray. Pray quickly. When you feel that urge to revisit the land of self-pity and betrayal, pray. Just a simple quick, help me, I don’t want to go here. My flesh does and it is weak. Is it easy? NO!!! Do I do this? Not often enough!! I will roll around with the best of them in the pit of despair but it never gets me anywhere, and I end up feeling more lonely and discouraged. So I am venting and hoping that I am not the only one out there that sometimes takes this wide and broad path.
Joyce Meyer’s site has the best instructions I have seen that explains how to deal with anger in a Biblical manner that is pleasing to God; and that is what I am going to link because it is what I am trying to follow myself. Maybe this will reach someone today that has a temper like I do. There’s hope. We don’t have to handle it the same way forever. We have the power to choose and a Counselor that has experienced anger Himself.
I also highly recommend the book Bait of Satan by John Bevere. It opened my eyes to how many offenses I was storing up in my heart, and it was a lot more than my head thought I was. Check out this awesome collection of verses and soul searching questionnaire to examine your own heart.
Please don’t misunderstand, I am not referencing people or products over the Bible. My purpose here is to help you with free resources that you may not have come across on your own that could help shed some perspective on something you have been living with for a long time. They helped me and I hope you enjoy them as well. Here’s to looking at Anger in the face and taking off your masks instead of reaching for one to put on that hides your beautiful face.