Mark 11:25 NIV
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
Anger is a normal sentiment we feel when something unjust has happened to us, or when someone has let us down, rejected us, or hurt us (whether deliberately or not). We can see many places in the Bible where God becomes angry. This anger usually comes as a reaction to injustice and sin. The problem with anger is not anger itself, but anger that remains unresolved, and that leads to bitterness and unforgiveness.
If we are hurt and angry, our anger can overcome us. Bitterness can take on a power all of its own. Bitterness towards the person who has hurt or let us down leads to hate which is the opposite of love.
Anger that is undealt with not only creates a rift between us and God, but also causes disfunctionality within us. If we want to be free of the pain and the effects of pain that our hurt emanates from within ourselves, we need to know healing. Without forgiveness, we are not co-operating with God’s will, and therefore are not in a place of Grace in order to receive healing for the hurt that we have experienced. Forgiveness is an essential element to the process of inner healing. The presence of bitterness also causes problems with our current, or any prospective friendships and relationships. It can act as a poison, gradually choking many aspects of our lives without us realising.
In a way, anger is a boomerang. If you’re feeling rage, resentment, and bitterness at specific people — sure enough this rage, resentment, and bitterness will come boomeranging back at you in a variety of forms, including depression, physical illness, and/or the self-inflicted anger of substance abuse. It is also possible to inflict anger on those around us, causing us to hurt others needlessly and potentially isolating us from the human contact we all need.
Matthew 5:21-26, covers anger, forgiveness and reconciliation. As Jesus clearly teaches, we should always try to make amends with people that we have fallen out of friendship with. Through this act we are communicating our own desire for peace with the other person, as well as God’s requirement towards every one of love and forgiveness.
It is important to learn how to deal with anger, and quickly! Identify the source of your anger so it will not misdirect your response. Forgive others just as God forgave you. His willingness to forgive is our model. It’s devastating to the mind, body, and soul to carry an unforgiving spirit. Don’t let this be you! Amen.
Scripture of the day: “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.
From Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
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