Anger, I Give It To You Lord

A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1

To be consumed by anger is one of the hardest things I had to deal with in my life until I gave it over to God. Anger can destroy many things in our lives like relationships. To be consumed and totally wrapped in anger is a very dangerous thing. 

Yes I know it is dangerous because I have been there. I did the yelling and screaming as well as being verbally and physically abusive to my family . How can you hurt someone so bad that you are supposed to love so much? I have suffered from a bi-polar disorder so I could use my illness as an excuse, but it still does not justify me hurting another.

There are two people who I hurt the most. My ex-husband and my wonderful daughter. I was so wrapped in anger that my ex-husband and I argued and fought all the time and yes, I would physically hit him. One time things became so volatile that I got on top of him and pinned him down to the floor and proceeded to punch him again and again in the face. The very next day, our marriage counselor wanted to know just where my husband “got the black eye”.  And yes painfully and regretfully, as a child my sweet  daughter  was exposed to this out-of-control “anger” arguing, yelling, screaming and fighting, but worse of all I would also yell, scream and hit her as well.

People who know me today cannot believe that is how I once was and that my life was governed and controlled by bitter “anger”. As a consequence, my marriage quickly deteriorated and one day my marriage was finally officially lost. Anger also almost caused me to forever lose the relationship I had with my precious daughter. I say almost, because today I can say that God has restored that mother and daughter relationship by healing the wounds, misery and pains that through “anger” I caused. Anger had just about stolen and destroyed everything and everyone I  loved so much.

When my divorce was final, I was crushed and broken. I had literally reached the end of my proverbial rope and needed hope fast. I dropped down to my knees and spent hours with God through prayer and in His Word the Bible. I was exhausted, worn out and felt like I had cried a well of bitter tears. But during those times, I gave “anger” over to God and He changed my heart, He changed me! Yes my friend He can take something as harmful, hurtful, horrible and destructive as anger away and out of our hearts. But it will take us coming to God as a little child, admitting our struggles, confessing them to Him and then handing and giving it all over to Him.

Contributed by Jean Callaway 


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