Anger bubbles and brews until it finally erupts, refusing to be contained any longer. It is a powerful emotion with the capability of destroying whatever or whoever gets in its way. Self-righteousness is the voice of a narrow mind demanding justice for its own name’s sake. The sickening stench of its aftermath often replaces any sweet notion of justification. This, my friend, is the stench of Satan. Once the appetite for our “self-righteous indignation” has been fed, doubt and regret usually follow leaving a sour after-taste. Whenever our need for justification holds more value than extending Christ-like love, we can be confident it is not producing the kind of righteousness God desires. However, conflict does need resolution before we can move forward with our lives. Ephesians 4:26 warns us about the urgency of extinguishing anger’s flame before it causes us to sin and rots our soul. “Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.” Now is the time for fervent prayer. Anger is not sinning until it becomes a weapon meant to hurt another. Remember, our God is no stranger to anger. Psalm 7:11 tells us that, “God is angry with the wicked every day.” “…the Lord hates…A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren.” Proverbs 6:16-19. We should be mindful every day that God chose love, grace, and mercy over anger, even though we don’t deserve such love. He made a way to remove the guilt and penalty of our sin, through Christ’s atoning sacrifice. God’s love never fails or disappoints, so reach out to Him when anger is festering and brewing.
Self-righteousness is the voice of a narrow mind demanding justice for its own name’s sake. Godly-righteousness is a bold voice. One empowered by the Holy Spirit to speak on behalf of those with no voice. Our poor and destitute. All-the-while bringing Glory to the Name of God in the Highest.” -Lois Macdonald.
“Let today be the day you stop being haunted by the ghost of yesterday. Holding a grudge & harboring anger/resentment is poison to the soul. Get even with people…but not those who have hurt us, forget them, instead get even with those who have helped us.” -Steve Maraboli.