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!~~~

Amanda

7 Comments on “Angry? Choose Suffering”

  1. My first reaction is to get angry, I don’t know why but it is. I think because that is what I grew up with, those were the only emotions expressed in my home. It is a hard response to battle. I think the enemy did not want me to read this last week, he wants me to keep responding in anger whenever possible. I have slowly been changing those responses the past 6 years. It’s been a battle but I am going to win.
    I did not want to be in that viscous cycle of anger, guilt, sadness, anger, guilt anymore. It was a prison.
    I am free! Thank The Lord I am free!!! I can feel other things besides anger like real pure joy. I have joy in The Lord!

  2. Anger has always been something that I have struggled with. It started creeping up as a teen and worsened through marriage and stresses of life. Praise God, He began a good work in me several years ago. Anger may always be a thorn in my side and there are times that it seeps in – o so slowly – it builds, like Kheanne said, it festers. Lately I have been struggling with a deep hurt, unfortunately my “go-to” responsive to this situation has been anger. Replaying things in my head, trying to make sense of something that does not make sense…I’m sure you all get the picture. It has been on my mind almost non-stop! I have been miserable for a little while now. A friend (you know who you are!) shared this verse with me today and I fell on face before Him and I begged, prayed for Him to take the feelings of anger away. A peace that passes understanding is over me. The following verse I have written on several slips of paper and will carry it with me when I feel that anger creeping back up! Pray for me DIVAs! Prayers for you too!
    Phillipians 4:8
    Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and anything worthy of praise, DWELL on these things.

  3. Ann and Kheanne, both of your comments so real and delightfully filled with truth and wisdom. I am on a place right now where I feel I am being tugged by so many. Losing sleep, seeing areas of need in others and offering, and as I am just typing this, I heard the Spirit speak, “every need is not for you to come to because you see it”. Oh!!!!! Hallelujah!! I have been allowing myself to be agitated and sense a lack of patience I normally walk in because of me!!! God, You are so amazing!! I’m gonna be praying and listening closer to what the Spirit says instead of what I see and humble myself more to His calling so that my patience is rolling along smooth and steady producing His fruit to others. I am going to get some rest!! Diva’s, thank you! Your post have been used to show me I have been bringing unnecessary suffering to a few people and my self because of myself. I love you all!!

  4. Oh, how I’ve been in that place of anger more times than I want to admit. I’m learning to recognize it as Satan’s way of coming to steal, kill and destroy. I no longer want to provide Satan an opportunity to wreak havoc in my life. This bondage indicates a need for a heart change. God’s desire is that our suffering will cause our hearts to change. So let’s seek His truth and desire the freedom that comes from being transformed and having a heart like Christ.

  5. This must be in the air- I literally blew up on someone as I was reading this- seriously? Yes. I’m talking halfway through reading & angry about being unable to focus on my solution to my anger I was sure rested in this post. I found myself screaming in a rage before I even knew it was happening.
    Just being real here…. Let me tell you something about God – He is slow to anger because He deals with us promptly. We on the other hand tend to let things fester & then rage out of control & wonder why – how could we just blow it like that? We fear man vs God. There is serious danger in this. We don’t deal with stuff we know we should because we are afraid of the reaction of man, then we let it build up in us like an infection that festers & gets uglier once released & the affect is then far worse than if we had simply dealt with it at the onset as the spirit likely instructed us to do. So as I confess to you & then go clean up my mess I just made on the emotions of another I tried to spare in my own strength vs God’s wisdom- I wanted to inject: we can often be the very cause of misplaced suffering. Deep breath -pray for me.

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