Is it ok to be mad?
Super angry at an uncontrollable situation?
It’s ok to be mad.
Just don’t let it control you.
There’s a difference.
A difference between anger and a life dictated by it.
Sometimes situations in life have justifiable angry responses.
But if you hold onto that anger, it controls you every time.
Every time you are reminded of the situation, your body will respond as trained.
Blood will boil.
Tempers will flair.
You will lash out at people for no apparent reason.
Because the anger controls you.
You have trained your body in that way.
And don’t sin by letting anger control you. Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil. Ephesians 4:26-7
When God talks about letting go of anger, He means just that.
Let it go.
Guess He coined that phrase long before the Norwegian ice princess movie we have all watched way too many times.
Doesn’t mean to forget or allow yourself to be hurt again in the same way.
It simply means to keep your peace.
To surrender the anger, knowing God is in control.
To choose peace over anger, learning instead from the pain.
Giving a foothold to the devil is keeping your anger.
Choosing to wallow in it.
Probably deservedly, yes, but that’s not the point.
Living in freedom with God sometimes defies all logic.
Logically, you should be mad as you know what.
But God wants you to live in freedom.
And you cannot dwell in His freedom if you are shackled by anger’s prison.
Break free and allow God to heal your wounds.
Remember, forgiving is not forgetting.
But it’s freedom.
Ask God to forgive through you.
Then whenever it pops back into your brain (you know the devil will insist on reminding you often!), throw it back to God.
Forgive again and again.
Your body will begin to retrain itself, reacting instead with peace.
The absence of anger will release you from the prison of pain.
Learn from situations, yes.
But don’t keep the anger.
It’s simply not worth your time.
Or your peace.
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