Angry? Choose Suffering

Human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires (James 1:20)

Haven’t we all been in situations when our hearts have been stirred to anger and out of that stirring we have responded in regretful ways?  Can we be sure of doing what is correct while under the influence of anger?  A short time ago the Lord allowed me to experience a situation that provoked me to anger.  You may recognize some of these symptoms from one of your own previous provocations.  I found it difficult focusing my attention, my heart raced, my interactions with others became frustrating, the event replayed relentlessly in my head, and my heart desired to protect itself further by building a wall.  Sound familiar?  As I stewed in the mixture of emotions, I became more agitated.  As you know, this cycle of events has the ability to reach its zenith in a short amount of time or it could drag painfully on for days.  As I processed the matter, I realized all the turmoil I was experiencing was not producing the righteousness of God!  So I begged the Lord for a way of escape (1 Corinthians 10:13).  I needed to move away from the tumult of anger and into a humbled human condition – suffering.  The Great Word of God tells us anger is a work of the flesh (Galatians 5:19) as opposed to a work of the spirit and we should cast it aside (Colossians 3:8).  Anger does nothing but agitate our soul but as a Christian, suffering should be regarded as a refining process.  Unearned suffering is redemptive…

~~~If you would like to read more of this devotional or others like it, they are located in my book A Devotional on Faith, Hope, and Love by Amanda Seipel. This book can be purchased on Amazon. I am blessed to serve you!~~~