“For the wrath (anger) of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” James 1:20
Especially since Elaine’s accident I have been angry at times on various levels. I have been angry that an irresponsible, drunken driver sentenced to a mere 18 months in a county jail, thrust my sister into a life of quadriplegia. I have been angry at the chaos brought to our family through such an unnecessary tragedy. I have been angry at all the personal losses, including broken relationships, endured throughout this tragedy. I have been angered that life as we knew it as a family exists no more. I have been angry that God would allow such suffering in our lives.
Recently a mature brother in Christ candidly brought to my attention a diagnosis of my ‘stuffed’ anger. In that tough meeting, my anger again blossomed. The remedy entailed my having to forgive, again, a host of people that had brought pain our way. In my choosing to forgive again, per another friend’s loving admonition, Satan has been stripped of his authority to trample over me. As the enemy brings to my mind all the sins of commission and omission committed against me, my choosing to forgive all my offenders has disarmed his damaging power.
I have had to repent in my anger with God, too. In His being perfect and sinless, God knows the big picture as I do not have a clue as to what good is being accomplished behind the scenes. Do I truly believe that all things work together for good to those who love the Lord? (Romans 8:28). Apparently, I have not. So I go back to the Father confessing my sins, repeatedly forgiving others determining to work out my own salvation with fear and trembling.
Anger is not a fruit of the Holy Spirit. Failure to forgive others, including oneself, reaps God’s judgment and torment ushering forth the powers of darkness. Today each one of us has a choice: stay stuck in angry unforgiveness and spiritually shrivel on the vine or forgive and charge forward as a fruitful victor through Christ.