Anger is not a thought. It really happens. It is a feeling that comes and goes, just as any other feelings do. Anger happens to all living things, I guess. It happens to me almost every day at different levels even though I’m a devout Christian. It seems everyone can get annoyed and even feel angry at some point.
There are many things that make us feel angry. I personally feel annoyed and angered when:
- Someone said I have said something I never said.
- Someone said I have done something I never did.
- Someone asks me to do something I do not want to do.
- Someone punished me for a crime by someone else.
- Someone does something that offended me.
When do you feel annoyed in life?
As I type this post, I’m very annoyed. It normally makes me feel bad. I don’t like getting annoyed. I guess no one likes it. But, it still happens. It is one of the realities of life. It is a feeling.
The real question is: What can we do about anger?
The Bible says do not let the Sun go down with your anger still there. But, does this solve anything? The answer depends on who you are asking. To me, the do’s and Don’ts commands do NOT work! I cannot keep my own laws let alone another person’s rules. I break them all the time. I wish I can so ALL the Bible says, yet, I do exactly the opposite.
Do you feel the same?
Paul was just a man like me. I guess, he meant he did what he never wanted to do in his life. His solution this sickness was Jesus Christ. When annoyed, I have no idea where my Jesus goes. Of course, his Spirit is not with those who do not obey Him. It depends on who wins. Mostly, my spirit wins.
I get annoyed every time if not every day! Denying this will be my perfect lie. I get annoyed with my wife. I get annoyed with my kids. I get annoyed with people who hurt me. I try not to hurt them back, but this is only what I have in mind (Romans 12:1-2). Transformation is taking place inside me, but not yet completed.
Is yours complete? Praise the Lord for that.
(Exo 32:11) But Moses sought the favor of the LORD his God. “LORD,” he said, “why should your anger burn against your people, whom you brought out of Egypt with great power and a mighty hand? (NIV).