The Grip of Anger

 

Anger Weighs Our Bodies Down and Negatively Affects Our Health 

One of the most fundamental teachings of the Bible, prominent in both the Old and New Testaments, is that we cannot afford to continue carrying that weight of anger around in our lives.

Psalms 37:8 (NKJV) Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; do not fret-it only causes harm.

If we had a physical 100-pound weight strapped to our backs, eventually it would wear our bodies down and negatively affect our health. In the same way, the Bible says, if we continue to carry around that weight of anger, it will eventually damage us spiritually and emotionally.

Anger Hurts Ourselves the Most

The one who is damaged the most by my anger is . . . me!

Many times the person who has hurt me badly, or annoyed me, or frustrated me to no end, isn’t even aware of the anger I’m experiencing toward them—or they don’t care. Either way, my anger isn’t hurting them. But what it is doing is dragging me down emotionally. It’s destroying my peace and stealing my joy . . . and often, it’s hindering my prayers. And that, the Bible says, is foolish!

Ecclesiastes 7:9 (NKJV) Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, for anger rests in the bosom of fools.

All of us must confront this issue at some point in our lives: how can I break free from the grip of anger when someone has deeply hurt or frustrated me?  ~Ron Franklin  (part 1 0f 6 from his article Five Biblical Steps to Controlling Your Anger )