June 23, 2013

Avoid the Angry

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- June 23, 2013

Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn his ways and get yourself ensnared. Proverbs 22:24-25

Avoid the angry, and do not make friends with those easily angered. They are undependable and hard to get along with. You cannot predict what an angry person will do next. They may lie, lash out, sulk, blame, or even kill if their rage is left unchecked. The source of their anger may be as simple as not getting their way, or it may be a string of broken expectations all the way back to a wounded childhood. Your role is not to fix them or to be their therapist.

However, the times you do have to associate with them can be an opportunity for you to model peace and calm. But be very careful; do not become like them. Their impatient ways may become your impatient ways. Their rude tendencies may become your rude tendencies. Their sarcasm may become your sarcasm. Their blowups may become your blowups. Yes, the angry can change, but real change will only occur as God heals their heart.

Unless forgiveness penetrates an angry heart, it is destined to remain the same. Hard and stubborn is a heart driven by anger. Unless anger is gently unwound by grace and love, it may unleash its furor suddenly or may constantly simmer just beneath the surface. You may be the object of someone’s anger simply because you happen to be around them when they snap. They are a product of stuffed emotions.

Some angry people are hard to avoid because you live with them. What now? You certainly pray for and with them. Pray earnestly for the angry person you live with to allow him or her to experience God’s love. The heavenly Father can squeeze out the venom of vengeance with His holy hugs. The love and acceptance of God can flush out foul language and faithless living. To be loved by God is to not remain angry, for the Lord’s love and anger cannot coexist. Unconditional love that is received melts the heart of anger.

Be very careful to avoid business partnerships with the chronically angry. You will regret a relationship like that, and you will be angry with yourself for aligning with the angry. Even engaging with employees, vendors, and customers who are steeped in their anger is not healthy. God will provide more pleasant clients or staff. Cut loose those who linger, stew, and obsess over little things. It’s not worth it. They will never be satisfied with your service or your sincere encouragement.

People driven by anger are never content; nothing you do will make them happy. Their anger may subside momentarily, but you will remain on pins and needles, waiting for them to erupt at any moment. In addition, angry children need to learn how to bring their hurts to their heavenly Father in prayer. Unprocessed hurt feelings will fester into anger. Help them to talk about why they have feelings of anger. What makes them mad at themselves? Unresolved anger is a time bomb waiting to explode.

If you’re the one who’s angry, a safe environment to talk through your heated emotions is a great place to start on the path to peace. Channel your anger into proper passions that are sanctified by your Savior. Be angry at sin, while forgiving yourself and others. Avoid the angry, and release your own anger within to your heavenly Father above. Friendship with the angry creates angst with God. Friendship with the forgiven—and healed—promotes peace with God. Go with peace.

Taken from the June 23rd reading in the 365-day devotional book, “Seeking Daily the Heart of God” volume 1… http://bit.ly/Tv6y9a

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  1. Much truth to this. I was once an angry man. It was a tool to protect myself from pain. However, the price was high in lost relationships. Giving my heart and life to the Lord healed my wounds and took away my anger, replacing it with peace and joy.

  2. Thank you I need it that! God bless you all and have a good one.

  3. Pam Kelly says:

    I am upset about your article on anger. You were very harsh in your comments about angry people. Did you ever mention praying for them? I know the Holy Spirit draws people to Himself, but we all need support in times of trouble. I submit that your view of angry people is a narrow and somewhat selfish one. Let’s lift them in prayer and not ignore them from our perfect little Christian worlds.

    1. Susan Jensen says:

      Pam, I kindly suggest to you to re-read the article. We are exhorted in the scriptures to turn the other cheek not be a punching bag whether those punches come from verbal, physical or emotional abuse.

  4. nj says:

    thank you for sharing this with us today.it could not of come at a better time . I have had a very rough day and this is the first time anyone ever explained it so plainly
    so ty and God bless

  5. Susan Jensen says:

    Thank you for this timely article. I’m an older woman and it is taking the Lord a long time to help me to properly deal with the angry people in my life. With his help I’m learning to accept myself and not take so personally the actions of angry people. Often times I would fall into the trap of guilt and rejection from the consequences of their anger. You’re right when you said that you can never please an angry person. I allowed so many years of my life to be robbed of joy and peace because of the over whelming feelings of being a failure, disappointment, and never measuring up to these angry people who were also important people in my life. With God’s help I’m learning how to let them go, still love them but keep them placed in His hands because only God can help, heal and restore them.

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