The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression Proverbs 19:11
Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools. Ecclesiastes 7:9
He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city. Proverbs 16:32
"Please don't make me angry! You won't like me when I'm angry!" Bruce Banner exclaimed. Who can forget the infamous words of Bruce Banner, the fictional comic book character, The Incredible Hulk. No matter where Bruce goes people never heed his warning. Thus, he's always on the move trying to get some form of consistent peace and tranquility in his life. Good luck Bruce, cause in today's world that just ain't going to happen. There's always going to be a situation, circumstance, or life event that will test your emotions, and try to push your emotional tranquility to the max!
In looking at the landscape of the world with respect to events, headline news, and trending subjects in popular culture, it seems that the emotion of anger is growing amongst the masses. A spirit of anger is in full operation and operating through the hearts and minds of those who allow themselves to be ruled and moved by this powerful and intoxicating spirit. For instance, the recent phenomena of a game amongst the youth today known as the "knock out game" is fueled by an undercurrent of anger in conjunction with other deadly emotions. Gangs of a violent youth are roaming the streets of our metropolitan cities "knocking out" unsuspecting victims for no apparent reason other than to vent anger, hatred, and wrath. Likewise, YouTube and other media outlets are a flood with clips of beatings, brawls, and fights displaying the eventual outcome of anger uncontrolled. I've seen more than my fair share of videos showing men, women, and children yelling, punching, and beating each other out of anger because they could not keep their emotions in check. Similarly, like many others, I've seen what anger unchecked can do in my personal life. It can be a destructive and deadly force in the heart and mind of someone untrained, undisciplined, and unwilling to keep anger on a short leash. Anger unleashed is deadly, and we can see that it's an emotion that is fueling many of our situations of "craziness" today.
Anger, according to Webster's 1828 Dictionary, is a passion of the mind excited by a real or supposed offense. There's nothing inherently wrong or sinful about the emotion of anger in that it's a part of our emotional landscape as humans. It serves a purpose of providing a form of defense for our emotional inner being when in instances of attack or offense. It helps fuel us with the energy needed in moments of fight or flight, and is a part of our defense system for the maintenance and sustenance of life. It's when we let this emotion go unchecked, uncontrolled, or not held in caution that we find ourselves getting into trouble. We're to be slow to anger and not quick tempered. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. James 1:19-20 We're admonished to be patient with one another overlooking insults and offenses. A fool's wrath is presently known: but a prudent man covereth shame. Proverbs 12:16 We're to have self control and not allow anger to rule our hearts. He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls. Proverbs 25:28 We're lead by the Holy Spirit to be patient with one another, to give soft answers in moments of conflict, to not be quick show our annoyances, and not to be hot tempered with one another because the enemy, Satan, is waiting and seeking open doors into our souls for gaps and cracks in which to seep in and set up camp. Anger, when uncontrolled and allowed to rule our souls hardens our hearts towards the Spirit of God and provides an environment ripe for habitation by the evil one and his fellowship of defiling spirits. We're admonished to guard our hearts with soberness and vigilance.
The world in which we live is becoming more hostile by the minute and it behooves us to not let this spirit of anger, wrath, and destruction to defile your minds. The consequences of giving in to such an atmosphere is deadly and costly to those who heed it's intoxicating power. Anger, when given into is intoxicating, and the power that one feels when under its full influence is seducing, but in the end the results are always the same. It leads to eventual death and destruction of life, health, and relationships. Pray to the Father for patience, gentleness, and loving kindness. These are the fruits of the Spirit that produces life! It's not always easy, but patience is a virtue requiring a purposefulness will to want to be a living epistle like our example Jesus Christ! Christ is our example and he exemplified how we're to live our lives in this torn and fallen world! May the grace of Jesus be with you always!
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