Anger is an energy. Focus it.
Anger is the birthplace for ideas, changes and innovative strategies. Anger is simply passion needing an instruction.
“Be ye angry and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: neither give place to the devil” Ephesians 4:26-27
I received this from Dr. Mike Murdock’s ministry a few weeks ago (I think) and I just read it today. God’s timing is perfect because I can say it meant more to me today then it probably would have a few days or weeks earlier.
This hit home for me because I have the potential spend a lot of time angry. Even if it is only a few minutes here and there: sometimes sporadically through out my day I find myself irritated, agitated and/or angry. It has slowly been revealed to me that not everything is always what it seems.
The weapons of our warfare are not carnal … so when I think my anger may be with my kids, my husband, a co-worker, brother or sister … if I “slow down” I can give myself time to see that the anger did not originate with them.
“Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the laps of fools” Ecclesiates 7:9
“God, if you are reading this … I do not want to be a fool”
… and every time I get angry I may not know exactly the root but I can take hope and know that I can come to God and cast all my cares on Him because He cares for me. I can also know that his word sheds light on all dark places and the work He has begun in me He will complete until the return of His Son.
“Anger is passion needing instruction”
A few nights ago I found myself angered over priorities that were simply mis-handled and mis-prioritized (if that is not a word …. it is now). So, instead of me blowing my top and ranting and raving and letting everyone “have it”. I prayed.
Crazy thing was … was that I was going to do my “Get ’em God” prayer as if I did no wrong. And even though I did not … I prayed that God would show me how I can within myself begin the change that is needed. What can I do in my personal life that would reflect what should be done. I saw there was no “order” so then I must implement the order and let everything else fall into place or simply remove itself.
If you want change, it must begin with you. Especially if you are the first to notice the change must take place.
It requires a humbling of yourself which is sometimes extremely hard .. and more so when you KNOW you are not wrong.
But I must admit it does work. I regained some of the order I felt was lost
and no one got hurt. The worst thing to me is when I have completely jumped off the deep end and over reacted to a situation, that really all it required from me was to sit back, calm down and think. One thought can spare me and the other person embarrassment and regret.
” My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires”