Holding onto anger is like grasping onto a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else. You are the one who gets burned.–Gotama Buddha
The book of Ephesians tells us that it is OK to be angry (Ephesians 4:26). Yet, that same passage tells us to not let our anger lead us into sin; and to not let the sun go down on our anger.
In other words, there are perfectly logical reasons for us to be thoroughly hacked off. At the same time, our challenge is to deal with that anger in healthy ways–like dealing directly and respectfully whenever possible and practical with those with whom we have issues.
And we are to do our best–with God’s help–to not let our anger fester. Think about infected blisters we can get from serious burns. Left untreated, such infections have the potential to spread through our bodies; and what was once a small wound is now a disease–and an unnecessary one at that.
So, if you are holding onto a hot coal of anger today, I encourage you to drop it. Drop it by dealing with that anger in healthy ways. And by doing so, may you experience the healing balm of God’s love.
Oh, and by the way, once you’re on the road to recovery, don’t forget to pass that healing balm onto someone who needs it. Amen?
Grace and Peace,
Holy Covenant MCC, Brookfield IL
People often say with pride, “I’m not interested in politics.” They might as well say, “I’m not interested in my standard of living, my health, my job, my rights, my freedoms, my future, or any future.”
— Martha Gellhorn, writer/journalist (1908-1998)
Live simply. Love generously.
Care deeply. Speak kindly.
Leave the rest to God.
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