mercredi 28 septembre 2005

Wondering out loud

"A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control." - Proverbs 29:11

Boy, is this hard to live out. I always wondered what the Christian response to anger was. I know that in the New Testament, it speaks a lot about getting rid of anger, but other than that, what are we to do when we are angry? Yes, we're not supposed to sin in anger or let the sun go down while we're still angry, but what actions are we supposed to carry out? It seems very improbable that we simply eliminate any experiences with this emotion. We will have to deal with it but short of denying our feelings, what is there? I think it's important that we are honest about how we feel and that we bring it before God, yet it seems like we can't display it. I've been told before that it's not Christian to act angry, even if you are. And there could be truth to this in that you don't want that anger to fester into malice or bitterness. So if suppressing it isn't healthy and acting it out isn't ideal, how can this be dealt with biblically? God has a righteous anger in the Bible - is it possible that we can be righteously angry and still find a balance in sorting through the emotions? Anyways, I'm just thinking through this and trying to figure out which Bible verses I've missed that do touch on responses to anger.

"...for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires." - James 1:20

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