FaithSpring’s 40-day Lent Challenge 2019: Tuesday, March 12
In today’s challenge, we address Anger and Hatred, two emotions that all of us possess yet wish we could do without. Everyone struggles with them, but none of us must become their prisoners. We can overcome the way anger and hatred force our situations, control our words, and direct our actions.
Unfortunately, we can’t just ignore anger and hatred. Maybe in a perfect world they wouldn’t exist, but given that our world is far from perfect, we’re left with the realization that our sinful nature is going to contain them. As a result, we must find healthy ways to work through them.
How do we do it? Here’s a few suggestions that might help when we feel those negative emotions creeping up.
1.Immediately seek God in prayer and specifically ask for God’s help in the situation.
2.Find a Bible and read the Gospels.Explore How Jesus worked through the unhappy emotions he experienced. (Yes, Jesus faced them, too.)
3.Pay close attention to the ways we display our anger and hatred, especially in the presence of our loved ones.
4.Try to identify the trigger points from which our anger and hatred surface, so that we can avoid those triggers when possible.
5.Then, if anger and hatred are especially difficult, consider seeking professional help. Pastors, counselors, and therapists are great resources. (An emotional and mental tune-up is needed by everyone on occasion.) Outside resources are also a wonderful demonstration to our loved ones, friends, and colleagues of our commitment to be the best we can be.
Today, leave anger and hatred in the trunk. Wrap them in bags, secure them with duct tape, and throw them in the trunk until we can get some help to unload them into the dumpster.
“Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls” (James 1:19-21, NLT).