Anger

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I’d just bought groceries and was heading to the car when I noticed a long line of traffic in the parking lot. A truck was stopped as the driver waited for a car to back out of a handicapped spot. Obviously, the driver of the truck couldn’t go anywhere unless he wanted to plow into the car.

But another truck behind that first truck, well, the driver was angry about the wait. He blew his horn, flailing his arms as if this were the most awful thing he’d ever had to endure. This only enraged the driver of the first truck.

Both drivers were now shouting obscenities at each other, loud enough to be heard even at the far end of the parking lot where my car waited.

I got to my car and turned to see what would happen when both men parked their trucks just a few feet away from each other.

There wasn’t a physical confrontation, at least outside the store. But the hateful words they continued to throw at each other like sharp stones sliced through the air as moms pushed their little ones in shopping carts.

My heart sank.  I mean, it really did. I refuse to be desensitized. I refuse to laugh it off as, “Well, that’s the world we live in today.” I refuse to let the violence and language so prevalent in society make me feel like this is the norm and that it’s okay to act this way or witness these things without being disturbed by them.

I refuse to be cold, hard-hearted when I see things like that. I refuse to find humor or any sort of thrill from it.

I think back to my grandpa, the shock on his face when he’d watch the evening news. He had been in WWII and witnessed awful things, and yet, he remained sensitive enough to find violence troubling when it showed up on his television set.

While I loaded groceries into my car, I prayed and asked God to help those men and to help me understand why they both got that angry.

God helped me to see that the enemy was behind it. If Satan can get us to bite and strike out at each other, tearing each other down, he doesn’t have to work as hard to destroy us. We destroy ourselves.

I mean, think about it. I just witnessed a man filled with venom striking out at another man because he had to wait to park his truck. The other man returned the same venom. Can’t you see the enemy in those vehicles, just egging them on to fits of rage, and laughing when they fall for it as he slinks away?

So my question for you is this: Are you letting Satan stir anger within your heart? Are you feeling justified by being angry, that those you’re angry with deserve your wrath?

Satan is on the prowl, my friends. Don’t let anger trip you and cause you to fall into his trap.

“If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.” (Galatians 5:15 NIV.)

“And ‘don’t sin by letting anger control you.’ Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.” (Ephesians 4:26-27 NLT.)

 ”Don’t sin by letting anger control you. Think about it overnight and remain silent.” (Psalm 4:4 NLT.)

“Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.” (James 1:19-20 NLT.)

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8 thoughts on “Anger

  1. Many times I have become angry I can look back and see that Satan did have an advantage because I looked at circumstances and it seemed to justify my anger. We do need to be less reactive and reach to God in vulnerable moments of anger. I am reminded that James says bridling the tongue is tough and hard to tame. I know people watch us as believers and we need not be a stumbling block to others by modeling wrong reactions. Good wake up call to think before we react in a destructive way!😀👍🙏🙏

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    1. I think we’ve all been there, Valerie, but it definitely helps to look back, learn from it, and ask God to help us. God has so much more for us than to let anger control us! And I agree, may we never be stumbling blocks by acting in anger but vessels God uses to reach His children. Blessings to you and thank you for commenting!

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  2. GREAT post, Joey! I remember once a woman rear-ended my car, and she was so surprised that I was kind and chatty with her when we got out to handle insurance stuff. I mean, that’s why we have insurance. She didn’t intentionally hit my car; she messed up. It was an accident—a mistake. I wasn’t hurt. But anger can so quickly escalate over such tiny things… road rage. A dirty look. A flippant comment. Thanks for your awesome reminder.

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    1. You’re so right, Jessica! It only takes a dirty look or a few words spoken in anger and things can get out of hand fast. What a BEAUTIFUL witness you and your words were to the woman who rear-ended your car! Thank YOU for sharing your story!! May we all remain grounded in God’s love and act in ways that would be pleasing to Him! Blessings to you, my friend!

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  3. Satan has being doing this lately BIG TIME. Trying to slither his way in to our churches, families, friendships and any where else he can find an opening.
    Gaurd your hearts and minds, be aware that this his distraction.

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    1. So true. He is determined. BUT…we serve a mighty God and He gives us wisdom and understanding to know it’s happening so we can, like you wrote, guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus! Our God is a mighty fortress!! Stand strong, my dear sibling in Christ. 🙂 And thank you for reading and commenting!

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