The other day I heard some news regarding a friend and colleague and I got perturbed. Well, perturbed is probably not an accurate word. Truthfully, I was angry more so than I was bothered or upset.  I went to my thinking chair to reflect.  A scripture popped into my head. I think it was Paul’s words to the Ephesians: (Confirmed but I had to look it up.) “Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not make room for the devil.” I’m not a big “devil in red suit” kind of believer but the dynamics of anger gives the devil room for play. Unhealthy anger leads to unhealthy relationships. I have discovered unhealthy anger does not lead me toward loving God nor does it help me love others. So sitting there for a bit I realized I was letting anger get a hold of me. Sin always lurks in the vicinity with anger. Anger is not necessarily sinful, but sin is a constant danger where anger is concerned.  Perhaps a problem with anger is not anger itself, but anger that remains unresolved, leading one to paths that separate, isolate or destroy. Anger can get out of control and become destructive and problematic. 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. Anger increases stress and energy on the lining of your arteries.  Anger is literally unhealthy. Perhaps my cardiologist should have recommended I give up anger rather than red meat. I gave being angry away and settled nicely into a delightful time of gratitude for my friend and started counting my blessings.

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:26-27
“Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not make room for the devil.”

Reflection Questions:
What gets you angry?
With whom are you angry?
How are you meeting God’s expectations of you?

Prayer: Holy God, when anger and frustration overwhelm me and I turn against you, those I love and even myself, help me to breathe, see another way and respond in grace.  Amen.