I opened the email and immediately felt my temperature rise. Someone had stirred up a situation I thought had been settled.
“Oh, that makes me angry!” I uttered out loud. (To confess, my language was a little stronger than that.)
My irritation boiled the remainder of the day. I craved the instant gratification of calling the person and unloading my feelings. Equally as powerful, I fought the urge to run to a third-party to vent my frustration.
The voice of wisdom and experience whispered inside my head, “don’t do either – you’ll regret it later.”
Still battling these temptations, I went to bed smoldering, bypassing the counsel of Ephesians 4:26, which advises, “do not let the sun go down on your anger . . .” (NRSV) Continue reading “Loosening anger’s grip”