It has been less than a week since there occurred a transfer of political power in our country. The political turmoil in our country has certainly exposed great division and revealed a sustained high level of anger that doesn’t appear to be going away any time soon.
I am reminded of the words of the apostle Paul:
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your gentleness
be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything,
but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your
requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses
all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
David Adam is a retired pastor who lives near the Holy Island of Lindisfarne in the northeast of England. He has been greatly influenced by Celtic Christianity and has written many books on this wonderful branch of the Christian faith. His observations about peace and anger are very relevant for us today.
Without God all worldly peace is limited and often a sham. Peace is a gift of the presence of God. Seek not the gifts but the Giver. I am aware that most of us have certain triggers that make us angry. Some of us carry anger around all the time, and this is very tiring. Sadly the more tired we get the more prone we are to showing our anger and frustration. A long time ago I learned that “rancor produces torpor”, or in plain English, “anger makes us permanently tired.” We use up so much energy being angry, or suppressing our anger, that we do not have enough vitality to do what we want.
From The Road of Life
I would add that I believe that so much of our anger is misdirected. We all have a deep need to know that we are valued and loved by the creator of the universe. When we don’t know or haven’t experienced the beautiful love of Christ there is a discontentment in our lives, which proves to be a breeding ground for destructive anger.
Join with me in praying that reconciliation and healing will come to our people.