Anger's Bitter Harvest

"As churning the milk produces butter, and as twisting the nose produces blood, so stirring up anger produces strife."

~Proverbs 30:33

Every time I read this proverb I remember something that Billy Graham wrote about why God takes anger so seriously. I hope I've remembered it accurately. When we lash out at people, we hurt them.  But this anger also creates all this conflict in our lives as well.  We don't seem to realize that, and that was the point Billy Graham made.  The reason anger is something that God takes so seriously is that He loves the person we're angry with just as much as He loves us, and anger causes harm to two people God loves!

Anger serves no useful purpose. It ruins lives by making us bitter and resentful and hateful. It creates chaos. It ruins friendships. It destroys families. There are five words that if applied liberally could transform the world.  The first two words are, "I'm sorry."  The other three are, "please forgive me." 

Anger cuts us off from God. It makes us so absorbed and preoccupied with our own lives and our petty problems and troubles that we fail to see God's will and God's purpose for our lives. It holds us back from being what God intended that we be.

Give your anger to God and ask forgiveness.  Quickly forgive those that vent anger on you. It's not an easy thing to do, but it's the only thing to do. It's what God wants us to do. When we eliminate these distractions and quarrels we will find that God's got better things in mind for us.

"Many are the plans in the minds of man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand."

~Proverbs 19:21.