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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Anger as Health Indicator

Can you talk when you’re angry? How do you work through conflicts when you are angry at someone? Do you let anger out or hide it inside? Do you prefer to act like nothing happened? (Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 815).

Anger is the strongest evidence yet that we all have a sense of what is just–at least as it relates to ourselves.  From the earliest years, we can explode when we sense our rights are being needlessly stepped on.  When we determine such perceived rights’ violations are inescapable and unavoidable, we get no less angry but turn it inwards to a certain coldness and resentment.  This anger grows into bitterness and designs to “get-even” in whatever way possible.  The price of anger is very high–relationally, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually. I have seen people without anger-- without a reachable sense of personal justice.  Their eyes are blank.  Their spirit is dead.  We must at least think well enough of ourselves to make anger possible.  The body vacated of a living soul is one of the saddest sights imaginable.  The trick of course is to educate our perceived sense of justice and allow it to mature under the boughs of the Golden rule so that our expectations have a firm ethical configuration.

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