I often do things I regret
when I am cranky, fuming, mad.
I grumble, mumble, quarrel, fret;
it makes my Father very sad.
While feeling sorry for myself,
Anger looms, matches my stride
convincing me -that impish elf-
of rights denied and injured pride.
I pay him precious little heed,
and yet I do not bid him, “Go.”
So like a tiny thistle seed
that fiendish elf begins to grow.
Soon Anger stretches into Grudge.
That brute, I fear, is here to stay.
I shout, “Be gone!” He does not budge,
no matter what I do or say.
Grudge won’t be satisfied it seems,
unless I seek his mate, Revenge.
Invading consciousness and dreams
he steers me on a spiteful binge.
Although it seems a just reward
Revenge will never say, “Enough.”
No longer do I seek the Lord;
my tender heart turns cold and tough.
The path I’ve hiked with Anger led
to heartache, agony and pain.
His reappearance makes me dread
to keep his company again.
Yet God says Anger is okay
if I am careful not to sin;
relinquish it, forgive, and pray
before I go to sleep again.
In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.Ephesians 4:26 (NIV)
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