The Ugliness of My Anger

Anger is especially ugly sin. It almost rivals pride in its heinousness. Anger blinds and tears and rages and slanders and withdraws and explodes and eats away and divides and hates and hurts and kills from within.

Consider this sampling from Proverbs on anger:

  • “Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.” Proverbs 14:29
  • “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1
  • “A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.” Proverbs 15:18
  • “Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.” Proverbs 16:32
  • “Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.” Proverbs 19:11

Sometimes it’s too easy to keep anger at arm’s length, as if it’s someone else’s problem or some societal evil. But God, communicating to us through His Word, will have none of our detached dismissal of anger. He will have us do nothing but deal with it in our own hearts and eyes before we even dare to speak to someone else (Matthew 7:1-5). We are called hypocrites if we do anything less.

Dealing with anger, however, goes deeper than simply comparing ourselves to another and quickly moving on to their sin. Sometimes God must show us the ugliness of our anger, the ugliness of my anger, before we can truly feel the depth and ugliness of our own sin, my own sin.

God gave such a grace to me in these last few days, and I praise Him for the powerful grace to move me to repentance. And I pray for more repentance, that I may be more like Christ and more able to enjoy Him!

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About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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