I googled the question: How angry are you? There were 257,000,000 sites.  It seems to me that we live in an angry culture. We hear about the violent outburst at a local Nokomis grill, the road rage of weary drivers, and the rudeness of shoppers. We want to blame it on the economy, the lack of stability in the home, the failure of teachers, the facelessness of the internet, the intrusiveness of government and even the chemicals in our food. We need to blame our angry culture on something or someone.
Brain researchers talk about the amygdala (emotion-controlling structures in the brain) that is too large or amygdala that is too small, or pre-frontal cortexes (planning centers in the brain) that aren’t sufficiently developed. Social psychologists point to the role of modeling and displaced reinforcement in fostering aggressive behavior.  Personality psychologists attribute aggressive outbursts to weak superegos.  There are plenty of theories and just about everyone has an opinion on why everyone seems so angry.
What I know is that the kind of anger being displayed these days is not heathy.  I read: “If you are stewing on issues and it`s affecting you, if it persists over a long period of time, it`s bad for your heart. So with anger, you get increased blood pressure and increased blood rate. It’s more work for your heart. It increases stress and energy on the linings of your arteries.  Anger literally is unhealthy.” Unhealthy anger does not lead toward loving God, neighbor or yourself.  We do get to choose.  Don’t let unhealthy anger get a hold of you.

Scripture Readings: James 1:19-20
“You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness.”

Reflection Questions:
What produces God’s righteousness in you?
What do you do when you get really angry?
What does it mean for you to love kindness and walk humbly with God? (A great question from yesterday)

Prayer: Holy God, when my anger overwhelms me and as I turn against you, those whom I love and even myself, help me to breathe, to see another way and respond more faithfully.  Amen.

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