Anger is an emotion that flares up in our hearts from time to time when we feel wronged, when someone else is being an idiot, when … well, for any number of reasons. It’s quite a natural response.  

But as natural as it may be, there are two very real dangers. The first is that in the heat of the moment, we can say or do things that are so damaging they can never be taken back. The second is that when we allow anger to fester an all-consuming rot sets in that distorts our perspective and destroys our relationships.

As natural as the anger response may be, when we weaponise it, it becomes incredibly destructive. So when every fibre of your being is raging against someone, what’s the key to letting that anger pass quickly and safely?

Colossians 3:13 Don’t be angry with each other, but forgive each other. If you feel someone has wronged you, forgive them. Forgive others because the Lord forgave you.

Really? Don’t be angry with each other, but forgive each other. That’s easier said than done! If you feel someone’s wronged you, forgive them. Great … that’s still the what, not the how? What you and I need to know in the heat of the moment isn’t so much the what but the how.

Well, here it is: Forgive others because the Lord forgave you.

Jesus gave His life on that brutal, bloody cross so that you and I could be forgiven. Going to the cross in the heat of the moment is the antidote, it’s the solution, that diffuses our anger; that allows us to forgive. It’s the how that we’ve always needed.

Forgive others because the Lord forgave you.

That’s God’s Word. Fresh … for you … today.

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