Riled Up

Think of a calm day, picnicking with your family beside a sparkling brook in a local park. We splash water with the children and teach them to see their reflection in the still waters. So easy to find ourselves there! What a delightful way to spend an afternoon.

Then look into that pool of water when a storm comes. The swirl of the angry waters surges so that we see nothing but trouble. That is how we look when we are angry. We reflect nothing good to anyone, not even ourselves.

What makes you angry? Why does it make you angry? How long has it been making you angry? Why do you give into it? How does this anger affect folks in your family, community or even your job?

Do people hide from you when you are angry? Of course, they do. You frighten them and they want to run away from you. It’s what people (and even animals) do

Anger often stems from not getting our own way. We are frustrated and then irritated. We think we were treated badly and we decide to let it all out.

But what does the Bible say?

 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. (1 Corinthians 13:4-6)

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