“”Go ahead and be angry. You do well to be angry—but don’t use your anger as fuel for revenge. And don’t stay angry.” Ephesians 4:26
A new month, a new word: Anger. Anger is listed 209 in the Bible, and yet, only 12 of those are found in the New Testament. That alone says a lot. God’s world was an angry place until Jesus arrived on the scene to replace anger with love.
The Ephesians message above is the most popular anger statement. It tells us to go ahead and be angry. Healthy anger should not be feared—it’s a gift from God. It’s when fuel is thrown at anger that it can become a problem.
Last year an 18-year old college student on the Northern Arizona University was involved in a fight with other students. He went to his car, grabbed his handgun, returned to the scene, and opened fire, killing one student and wounding three others. No one knows what threw him over the edge, but one can assume anger had something to do with it.
It’s too bad the shooter’s car wasn’t parked a mile or so away from campus. Maybe his anger would have subsided during the long, cold walk, and he would have climbed in his car and gone home—instead of to jail.
Dear God, help us learn to channel our anger in healthy ways. Amen.