Dealing with anger*

Today in church the message dealt with the sixth of the Ten Commandments: You shall not murder. The main text comes from Exodus 20:13 but the discussion was expounded and made more real to today’s common person using New Testament references, particularly Jesus’ sermon:

“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.” (Matthew 5:21-22).

The message prompted me to dig up this old post, which appeared in our church website nearly 4 years ago. Do read on.

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I used to be quick to dismiss messages on anger as irrelevant to me. I was never one to curse or to make a mad scene when upset, and since I received Christ’s gift of salvation and Lordship over my life He has also redeemed me from harboring serious grudges or wishing ill of other people.

In recent days, however, God has been making me aware that anger is still very much a part of my life, after all. I just happen to have my own brand of it: consisting mostly of passing irritations and bearing little resemblance to the deep-seated feelings of resentment and bitterness that Christ already freed me from. It is the kind of anger expressed simply through a sharp look, a raised voice, a sarcastic remark, or sometimes even a piercing, strongly worded email. Have you ever had that sensation of heat surging from your chest…

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