What does it take to make you angry? Do discourteous drivers, imperfect children, or a forgetful spouse make your blood boil? If so, you are endangering your health. Dr. Redford B. Williams of Duke University Medical Center said, “Individuals who harbor hostility and anger toward others are five times more likely to die from heart disease.” The psalmist knew the dangers of anger when he wrote, “Do not fret [literally, fume] – it only causes harm.”
Anger is not only harmful, it is also fruitless. James said, “… let every man be … slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:19, 20). Our efforts, when done in anger, are self-destructive. They lead us away from, not toward, the Christian goal of being righteous. Rather than changing our circumstances or the attitudes of others, anger is more likely to stir up strife (Proverbs 29:22).
So what’s the solution? David said, “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him” (Psalm 37:7). Because our anger often results from impatience and frustration with others, we need to rest in God’s control and develop a new attitude toward those who irritate us. When we commit them and our circumstances into His hands, we will have taken the first step in overcoming anger. – J. David Branon
Our wrath uncurbed will not fulfill
God’s perfect plan for us;
We must be patient and refuse
To fret, to fume, to fuss. – Sper
For every minute you are angry, you lose 60 seconds of happiness.
- August 17, 1990, Our Daily Bread