Anger is an ill wind that can quickly blow out the lamp of reason and good judgment. When our plans are thwarted or we are treated unfairly, we might lose our temper or become defensive. This may make us do and say things we regret. Nothing good is accomplished by uncontrolled anger. Lashing out succeeds only in creating more strife and bitterness.
An ancient legend says that Hercules became irritated by a strange-looking animal that blocked his path in a threatening manner. In anger he struck it with his club. As he went on his way, he encountered the same creature again several times, and in each instance the beast grew larger and more fearsome than before. At last a “heavenly messenger” appeared and warned Hercules to stop his furious assaults, saying, “The monster is Strife and you are stirring it up. Just let it alone and it will shrivel and cease to trouble you.”
Sinful wrath can quickly lead to unmanageable situations. The writer Proverbs warned us to keep our anger in check and therefore avoid conflict. With God’s help we can make peace with those who oppose us.
If we want the Lord’s blessing upon our lives, we must learn to control our anger. If we don’t, like Hercules we will stir up strife and make matters worse. We have the Holy Spirit, and He will enable us to remain calm and become like Jesus. He did not retaliate when His enemies hurled their insults at Him. – Henry G. Bosch
Lost your temper, did you say?
Truth says state it in this way:
“When I count the tragic cost,
Would to God it had been lost.” – Anon.
People who fly into a rage always make a bad landing.
– August 22, 1988, Our Daily Bread