Lately, I am hearing a portion of scripture in my heart, at least once a day.
“Anger rests in the bosom of a fool.”
Eccl. 7:9 says, Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, for anger rests in the bosom of fools.
It seems to me that disproportionate anger is lurking everywhere these days. On the faces of people. And in their words – some are filled with contempt that spews out of their mouth.
Anger that is far beyond what the situation would normally merit. Some days, when I hear it come out of a person’s mouth, it is so toxic, it shocks me.
Psalm 37:8 tells us, “Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper—it only leads to harm.”
Proverbs 16:32 says, “He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.”
Beyond the spiritual issues that anger causes, it can affect your health as well.
Unresolved and disproportionate anger can cause headaches, digestive problems, insomnia, increased anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, skin problems or heart problems.
So where is all this anger coming from?
It’s not from God. I only need to read my Bible to see that. I believe it all goes back to a heart issue. Galatians 5 calls it a flesh issue – a work of the flesh.
Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Eccl. 5:19-21
God places anger in the same category with murders, adultery and sorcery, among other things. That alone should cause us to stop and think before harboring anger. And especially before releasing toxic anger.
I realize this is not a fun read. It is a necessary one. If you are one of those who are angry all the time – snapping at your children and loved ones – you need to stop and think about what you are doing.
If you find yourself angry at people from your past – stop and realize what you are doing.
Anger is poison to your spiritual life. And to your body. Angry outbursts are not from God nor are they pleasing to Him. We need to deal with all anger now. Don’t allow it to remain another day.
This year has been hard. There is no doubt about it. It has revealed the hearts of many. Some have humbled themselves. Some have become fearful. Some have become angry. The abundance of the heart of God’s people has been revealed. At times, it has not been pretty.
For me personally, this year has revealed many areas of my life that needed adjusting. Some areas that needed repenting of. Others that needed healing. I am thankful for every revelation.
I don’t know what this year has revealed to you – but this I do know – God is revealing hearts. He is purging us of all things that would separate us from Him. Anger is one of those things – and we must rid ourselves of it, sooner than later.
Anger resides in the bosom of a fool. Don’t be one of those.
Meditate on this:
Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.