‘For man’s anger does not promote the righteousness God [wishes and requires].’ James 1:20 (AMP Bible)
We just welcomed in a six-month old kitten and our seven-year old cat found it difficult to accept the new one. For days, it ran outside and only comes in to eat. This is a cat that is used to staying indoors and sharing our bed at times. However things changed all because of this new kitten.
Instead of us to come together, to sort out the best way to make peace between the two, we ended up confronting each other. We failed to come to term and it did not come too easy. I bet the cats must have stood afar or were listening to us from their hidden corners. We almost destroyed everything we’d worked for. We refused to listen to each other. We failed to agree. We, each, believed we are right while the other is wrong.
Days later we discovered the older cat returned home though maintaining some distances from the kitten. Life came back to normal. Then we sat down and retold our stories, trying to find out why we acted, angrily. We looked back, thinking of the consequences of what might have happened if we had not been able to control our anger. It ended well between us, because we acknowledged our faults and apologised to each other.
I cited this example because later during the following days as I reflected back to that small incident, I thought of how many people have allowed their emotions to ruin them. I thought of the level of destruction that anger brought into the lives of many happy couples. I thought of can happen what if these people had not given the chances to their feelings to rule them so that they were able to take charge of their situations.
There is no crime in getting angry. We are humans. We have feelings. We don’t just accept issues without us explaining why this or why that. We want to voice our thoughts. We believe that if those in our world pause to listen to us, it means we are being heard.
Too much of everything causes trouble, I mean, lots of trouble. Do we know that anger is so bad that it is capable of bringing us irreparable damages? Do we know that anger can lead us to losing our establish relationship with God? Do we know that we can turn around a failing situation if we can quickly repress our boiling anger?
Every time we feel the urge to explode, please let us remember the cross. Let us pause and think of the friendship that join us with the other person. Let us go out then and take a short walk in order to clear our heads before we return home to make peace. Let us always remember that God does not want us to lose what He has in store for us. He does not want us to be careless in our ways. He wants us to hold tight to our righteousness because our lives depend on it. Above all, let us masters the strong need for self-control.
May we not lose the kingdom of God as result of our uncontrollable anger in Jesus mighty name, amen.