Wednesday: 11th September, 2019
Reference text: Colossians 3:1-11
Colossians 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
‘Anger is a strong emotion, a feeling that is oriented towards some real or supposed grievance’. In the list of things to put away which Saint Paul presented to the Colossians, anger takes the first spot. The definition today is of particular interest because it proposes the prospect that some anger is born out of unfounded events.
There may be occasions where events trigger emotions of anger, like being on the receiving end of a rebuke or ridicule through no fault of your own. That seems founded but even then, there is nothing as calming as getting to the point where you are angry at nothing or anyone for anger as we know it, always eats from the inside out.
Many people are angry at others but when asked can offer no genuine reason why they are- there is just anger.
Beloved, although we will often be given reasons to be angry, we also have time to grow past anger and to experience the calm after. An angry person is always tensed and between themselves and others, there exists an imaginary chasm keeping them away from everyone else.
Anger in many ways can be compared to a locked prison cell, but with only one twist- the key to come out lies with the person locked behind the doors. With or without reason, let us not allow anger take root in us for it will take the place of joy, calm and peace.