I am a recovering anger addict. Are you an anger addict? When we are angry we are freedom fighters in our own minds. We are the righteous opposing the evil and injustice of our time. It makes us feel good and self-righteous and is therefore addicting and infectious. But there is a problem with anger….and it is that we are all fallen and prone to error. Not only could we be wrong…but because we are angry, we are likely to shut out all other opinions and ignore facts. There are times to be angry…but they are few and should be very limited and filled with self-reflection.
Remember Paul’s warning in Ephesians…
“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need. Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.”
Remember also James admonition… “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.” — James 1:19-20