When you feel angry with someone, do you express your feelings…or do you hold the anger inside? People who bury their anger usually believe they are doing the right thing by appearing calm on the outside. The reality, however, is that unresolved anger can fester and develop into resentment, bitterness, or even depression.
Some people respond to anger by immediately holding it in, but then releasing it or letting it go a short time later without hurting themselves or others. When this happens, the results may be beneficial. But if you tend to hold your anger inside and become resentful, ask God to help you share your angry feelings with people as they occur. Not in a rage or with unkind words…just an honest expression of your feelings.
The Bible teaches that we shouldn’t carry anger overnight. Get it settled before going to bed. Otherwise, it is likely that resentment will begin to grow.
As we discussed yesterday, anger is just a God-given warning system…letting us know when a real or potential problem exists. Until you actually do something about the underlying problem, your brain will continue to thankfully warn you. Not addressing the problem is what allows anger to grow, fester, and either overflow and come out in harmful ways, or be directed inward and lead to real negative self-talk and self-image.
Perhaps you are already experiencing bitterness because of past unexpressed grievances. The answer…Acknowledge the hurt…Forgive or ask for forgiveness…Then problem solve the original problem the anger was warning you about. You won’t have to try so hard to let go of the anger…because, when the problem is resolved, the anger will go away.
Holding on to bitterness can damage your relationship with God and with others, your peace of mind, and can even harm your health. Being a problem solver and forgiving…and being forgiven…can change all that. Ask God…He will help you.
Today, notice if someone is angry. Ask them, “You seem angry or upset. There must be some problem that your anger is warning you about. Can I help you with that problem?” You can ask the same to yourself as well.
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Dear Father God, forgive me and help me deal with this resentment I have been carrying. Give me the strength and wisdom to acknowledge the hurt, control my anger, identify and solve the underlying issue, and forgive and move forward. I pray this and all prayers in the name of the best mirror for my eye exam, Jesus Christ; and all God’s children say – AMEN!
Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many