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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Angry (08/02/07)

TITLE: anger :a great destroyer of blessing.
By funmi afolabi


Anger: a great destroyer of blessing.

Do not be quick to be angered, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools.
Ecclesiastes 7:9
Sometime ago I was driving with my 4 year old son and he did something that made really angry. I took my eyes off the road to scold and yell at this little boy. He felt sad and was quiet for the rest of the journey and then I heard the gentle rebuke,”anger lies in the bosom of the fool “.At that time I knew it was a verse of scripture but I did not know where it was in the bible. Although the voice was gentle, I felt uneasy and decided to study and carry out a little research of my own to locate this scripture and when I did, I gained a lot of insight from the bible on the issue of anger or being angry
What is anger or what does it mean to be angry?
Anger is one of the emotions we have as human beings created in the image of God .It is defined as a strong feeling of displeasure and usually of opposition towards someone or something .It is a broad term that applies to various levels of emotion that may not be shown.
Feeling angry is not wrong, the problem comes with the way we express our anger .Some of us express our anger too strongly and too readily, while others hide or suppress anger or even deny feeling angry.
People who express anger too readily are referred to as being short fused or hot tempered and sometimes they may feel rage and destroy things even lives.
Some are so angry they take anger management classes, even at a young age, too help them exercise self control, when they get angry .However others suppress their anger or hide it, turn it inward onto themselves and it leads to depression, thus it is said that depression is anger turned inwards.
Anger whether turned inward or readily expressed can be very destructive if the emotion is not well managed. Anger like any other emotion such as joy, patience, sorrow grief, compassion and others are God given because we created in the image of God. Thus the bible says “be angry but sin not and do not let the sun go down on your anger “Eph 4:26.also tells us to be slow to anger as God is slow to anger, and always to be careful to show love.
Have you ever been driving and another driver is careless around you and your car, almost causing an accident, and you yell or cursed out loud under your breath. After the little incident you keep driving but then you feel bad about your attitude, Christians are really suppose, to be prim and proper and to have everything together with our lives , so what happened ?Why do we flip out like that and have road rage ?
In our walk with God as we strive daily to follow Jesus Christ, our example we may wonder sometimes why we are struggling with some habits, especially anger though we have prayed and sought counsel and have done everything in our own power but to no avail.
We are not alone in this struggle and it does bring some comfort to know that some of our brethren notwithstanding race, nationality or ethnic origin are struggling with some of the same issues we are dealing with and the Holy Spirit is standing alongside each child of God helping us every time we acknowledge him and confess that we need His help and He is always ready to help us.

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Catrina Bradley 08/09/07
Thank you for writing this essay. It seems you had a formatting problem with your "."'s in places - don't know what happened there. This line surprised me: "it is said that depression is anger turned inwards." I had not heard that before but it makes so much sense! Lots of good stuff here. God Bless you.
Dee Yoder 08/23/07
I appreciate that you didn't offer only that we shouldn't be angry at all. I'm glad you recognized that anger is a part of our make-up, but hurting others or ourselves when we are angry is the sinning part of being angry. God bless you for sharing your article!