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Anger is Hell
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I have the privilege of working with many angry people. They are angry because of all the hurt and abuse they have endured during their lives. Their stories are a testimony to the terrible sinful world that we live in. Only sin could treat children this way. Some have been sexually misused. Some have been hit.  Some have been stuffed in closets. Some have been emotionally mishandled. Others neglected and forced to run away from home to survive. And life for most didn’t improve. There have been a series of bad relationships that have left scars. Military time has left many with PTSD.

So, when I meet them they are angry. Their anger has enabled them to “survive” if that’s what we want to call it. Anger is their protection. It keeps everyone away. It lashes out to hurt before the hurt comes the other way. It sees the problem in every one else and never allows the person to see any problems in themselves. It harbors bitterness and unforgiveness as cherished friends and doesn’t allow the victim to find peace.

There is no doubt that their anger has a reason, but the anger is killing them. It is keeping them from all the great promises that God has for them. It is keeping them from the fruit of the Spirit…you know…love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control (see Galatians 5:22,23).

Finding Release

When we “fess” up to our part in life…God gives us freedom.

Remember David’s famous repentance psalm? Here is just a part…“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin…create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me…restore to me the joy of your salvation…the sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise” (Psalm 51).

A contrite heart…that’s repentance. It’s the key to getting better in life…not bitter. Perhaps that’s why Jesus talked about the removing the log from our own eyes before we try to remove the speck from someone else’s eye.

So…anger…no matter how valid can’t save us…only repentance can!  

And for the people I have the privilege to work with…those who discover this find a new life…those who don’t are in a living hell.

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