Extinguishing A Fire

“Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret–it leads only to evil.” -Psalm 37:8 (NIV)

Anger can be a very destructive force. When our rage is unleashed, anyone and anything can be a target. Controlled by our fury we do things that we regret, and say things we do not mean; inflicting damage both upon ourselves and the relationships we share with others. Sometimes we say that we cannot help ourselves and that our anger is something that cannot be dealt with and changed. But the truth is that anger is like a fire, and a fire grows when it is fed. The more we allow things to feed our anger and irritation, the more our anger will develop into an inferno which will consume all in its path. When our ire has dimmed and we look upon the devastation we have caused, we hang our heads in shame and resolve to not descend into such anger again.

The problem is that we cannot remain true to such a resolution. No matter how hard we may try to search for inner peace and keep a reign on our anger by our own strength, there come moments when we lose all sense of calm and self-control. That is because our sinful nature renders any human attempt to control our rage useless and as long as this dominates in our lives our sinfulness will be expressed in our anger. However, there is hope! Our anger can be dealt with once Christ deals with our sinful nature. When we allow His Spirit to enter our hearts and carry out His redemptive work in our lives, He will cleanse us of our wickedness so that His righteousness may be made manifest in our lives. By surrendering our attitudes to His Spirit, He will douse the flames of our anger so that His love and peace may overflow from within us, bringing life and healing to all who bear witness to the work He is doing within our hearts.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.