Good Morning Friends
Today we begin a series on "The Hiding Places Of Anger". Anger is and always has been an issue, but I believe it is even more escalated today as the fast pace of society pulls our families and others into a lifestyle of trying to keep up with the ever ending list of responsibilities that rob us of our joy and peace.
As the wheel spins faster it pulls us all into an everending lifestyle of working harder and harder to meet these everyday demands on our life. Anger among other things begins to rise to the surface as it becomes more difficult to meet these demands and expectations of life. We will explore different aspects of this topic and I hope it will be a blessing to you. This morning we will begin with the introduction and get into more next week.
Anger can be triggered sometimes quite unexpectedly and for many reasons, most of which we don’t always understand nor do we always know how to address it when it happens. Many times we don’t take anger to seriously and just try and ignore it when it happens instead of dealing with the reason for the anger in the first place. It is most generally not considered a real problem until it becomes more out of control.
Sometimes when we least expect it something will trigger anger and up from the depths it comes like a flood into our lives surprising us with its fervent power. When this happens there is more than likely a deeper issue going on that is unresolved. One thing about anger it never has a positive effect on us or in the lives of others it is usually always negative..
Anger can cover up many other issues in a person’s heart and if we don’t look deeper into the reasons for our anger and address them we are only putting a temporarily cap on the anger. Until the deeper issues are resolved the anger is only capped off until such a time when the issues create another episode of anger and it is now more explosive that before.
Anger becomes a bigger problem when it is bottled up and repressed over time. The Bible tells us to keep short accounts on our anger by not letting the sun go down on our anger. Ephesians 4:26 says, In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.
When we try and control anger by repressing it we will also repress any other emotions such as; pain, grief, sorrow, joy and laughter. In other words, when we repress one emotion we run the risk of repressing others that are important in our life as well. Anger should not be ignored but at the same time we should not let it have its way in our lives any time it wants to. Addressing anger can be the key that will unlock other emotions and root issues of our heart”.