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Topic: Anger (01/24/05)
TITLE: Take Your Medicine!
By Alice Lewis
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A person becomes infected when he feels that he has been wronged in some way. The symptoms might be hostility, displeasure, resentment or even rage. It happens among governments and nations as well as among individuals. It doesn't matter how or where it originates. The disease is the same.
When the symptom is a quiet resentment it can do the greatest damage to the soul of the person harboring that disease.
I was that person.
I was born in Poland during the second world war. We had to flee for our lives. At the age of three I became separated from my parents. I became sick and almost died. During my adult years the resultant anger still festered in my soul. It affected not only my health but my actions and reactions, my dealings with people. My husband and children had to endure all of this, but at that time I didn't really understand the cause.
Finally, in desperation I cried out to God, "Why did you let this happen to me? Where were you when I was young and helpless?" I was finally calling upon the Great Physician for my soul sickness.
The remedy for anger is forgiveness and love. That is a hard pill to swallow when you have been seriously sinned against. You can't do it alone, but Jesus made it easy. Like a scored pill, He broke it up into two segments for me. The first was from his statement, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do". That is true. The world leaders, governments and politician did not know what they were doing to me. They were too engrossed in their own pursuits to realize the suffering they caused to one small child. I could dismiss them as ignorant fools. As for the second segment, Jesus himself became the medicine to heal my soul. He said, "In as much as you have done it to the least of these you have done it unto me." When I was left homeless and hungry, sick and separated from my parents, it was as though it were Jesus who was being sinned against, not me. That understanding was a turning point for me. I needed that divine transference to happen to me personally. I needed to ask him to take my sickness upon himself. He already did that at Calvary but I needed to accept it for myself. Jesus became not only my Great Physician but also the remedy for the disease of anger in my soul.
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