On Anger…

In his daily journal the Stoic Philosopher and Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius penned the following sentiment on anger, “Keep this thought handy when you feel a fit of rage coming on—it isn’t manly to be enraged. Rather, gentleness and civility are more human, and therefore manlier. A real man doesn’t give way to anger and discontent, and such a person has strength, courage, and endurance—unlike the angry and complaining. The nearer a man comes to a calm mind, the closer he is to strength.” Many times when caught in rage we cannot see past the horizon of our inflated ego and thus we damage our relationships. Whether it be with the ones we love, co-workers or even the many random people we meet in a day our anger leaves destruction in its wake. It is ok to be angry about injustice but once our anger brings us to doing injustices to fight injustice then we have reached the shadow side of this common emotion called anger. As the great Martin Luther King Jr. once stated “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” We all have that one thing that leads us to anger, we all have a wound that leads to the sleeping giant within and we all have the opportunity to allow the Lord to enter into those wounds and insecurities and heal them. Christ knows what hurts us and by that he knows how to truly love us all we have to do is remove the festering bandage we have covering up our fragility and woundedness. 

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