Thursday, October 17, 2013

61. The Depth of Anger

“…and whoever shall say to his brother, ‘Raca,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever shall say, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.” 
                                                                                                                        (Matt. 5:22b, NKJV)

There are depths to our emotions that we may or may not be aware of. The thoughts we entertain are not all good and wholesome thoughts. It is where our heart resides as to where our conscious finds itself in the Lord or in something else entirely. We have constant unabated thoughts firing on all cylinders and, at times, we are not sure where they emanate from.
If we abide in anger towards another person, surely the anger will remain and fester as a cancer. The cost of anger dwelling is incalculable. It causes internal and external stress, resentment, burden bearing, fault finding, joy stealing, a combative nature and unholy alliances. If we allow a minute opportunity to fester into something larger, we allow the resentment to turn into bitterness which turns into consternation which could lead to rage. All of this derives from the anger pit.  Jesus is emphatic that if we allow anger to stew within us, it is in our hearts going to differing levels that, externally, will turn into separation from the offending party; that leads to more frustration leading to confrontation and, depending on the variable responses of humans, could lead to physical alternation to violence to murder. Some of this may be intentional, but usually in the confines of a civilized society, most people say ‘they never intended it to go that far’.

What most people forget, however, is the severe consequence of the results of unguarded anger. There are internal stressors at work that debilitate the body and mind when preoccupied with being angry towards another person. The stress leads to poor health and debilitating effects in the body, internally as well as externally. Stress kills. So, the consequences begin in the heart and flow through the body to be exhaled.

Our lot is to listen to Jesus and acknowledge the depth of the possibility of anger and acknowledge the depth of the consequences. The Word says to “be angry, but do not sin, do not let the sun go down on your anger.”  (Ephesians 4:26, ESV). Get rid of the anger before it gets hold of you. Anger will take you down a spiritual road that you do not want to be on and will ultimately lead to death by rejecting the very power that has tried to save you. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ that not only can He save your soul from hell, but He can also save your life from being a miserable angry creature while on this earth. This is the sum of the Kingdom of God.

He gives us life eternal for today and forevermore…life eternal is a way of life in the Kingdom. Jesus said, ‘If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make our abode with him.”  (John 14:23, NKJV)

The internal dwelling of the Holy Spirit in us keeps us in Him and in Him, there is no darkness at all. Remain in Him and even the darkest darkness that attempts to come your way must flee in the light of His glory and grace.