Posted by: geolocke | 2015/03/17

Anger Management


Who will set a guard over my mouth,
an effective seal on my lips,
that I may not fail through them,
and my tongue may not destroy me?

Sirach, Chapter 22

Anger can be such a terribly powerful force. It can build slowly over time until we can’t take any more, or it can come upon us in an instant and make us say and do things we would never normally say and do. I’m sure there have been volumes of studies done about anger, its causes and effects, the best ways to control anger and how to seek resolution, but in that moment when anger first bursts upon us, none of those studies, causes, effects, control machinations or resolutions seem to matter. When anger come upon us it leaves little room for anything else.

Anger can lead to health problems, just as surely as depression does. Sometimes the two go hand-in-hand. Medical intervention may even be called for to help restore health to our body, but there is also a spiritual cost to anger.  Anger can upset the peace that resides within our hearts. If left unchecked, anger can twist our hearts into some miss-shaped imitation of our former peacefulness. Cynicism and sarcasm become the filters upon the lens through which we view the world around us. This clouds our judgment and leads us to mistrust the deeds and intentions of those whom we encounter.

Anger can arise from witnessing an injustice (righteous anger) but I suspect that more times than not, it is caused by a sense of injured pride. This later source of our anger is dangerous because it will feed our injured pride and cause us to walk down dark roads of rejection of the other and lose sight of the more heavenly path. Christ asks us to put aside our earthly nature and to walk the narrow path that leads us not into destruction, but into life. Paul refers to this “higher” path at the end of his 12th chapter in his letter to the Romans. When the storms of anger upset my walking on the path to life, I try to remember and meditate upon these words. I wish you all that the Peace of our Lord rest gently within your hearts.

Let love be sincere; hate what is evil, hold on to what is good;
love one another with mutual affection;
anticipate one another in showing honor.
Do not grow slack in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.
Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer.
Contribute to the needs of the holy ones, Exercise hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you, bless and do not curse them.
Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
Have the same regard for one another;
do not be haughty but associate with the lowly;
do not be wise in your own estimation.
Do not repay anyone evil for evil;
be concerned for what is noble in the sight of all.
If possible, on your part, live at peace with all.
Beloved, do not look for revenge but leave room for the wrath;
for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”
Rather, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink;
for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head.”
Do not be conquered by evil but conquer evil with good.

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  1. Thank you, George Beautiful reflection and direction

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