I feel it. The control the devil has when he uses anger to disturb love. I know you have felt it too. The extreme lashing another heart takes as you expel anger onto them. Or the electric shock felt in your own heart as anger is poured out on you. Are we helpless against his arrows that strike the surface of our hearts and then tear deeply into our souls? No. We are not helpless my beloved friends. We are not fighting a worldly fight with swords and shields, we are fighting in the spiritual every day. Worldly understandings of war will not suffice here. We need spiritual understanding and spiritual armor. Today, put on a piece of armor and fight the good fight friends. Do not be a feast for the devil to devour. Stand up and fight. Have empathy for the ones lashing out at you in anger. Love them deeply. Pray for them often. Don’t give up. Don’t give in. Love wins beloveds. Love wins.
I imagine anger to be much like the valley in the photo above. It is large and overpowering. Just as the river flows and decays the earth around it, carving out a permanent space for it to remain, anger flows through our veins and decays our souls. It tries to carve out a permanent spot in our soul, but unlike the river, we can put a stop to its flow. We can stand up and say, “Enough! I will not allow you to decay me any longer!” We do not have to let anger disturb love. We have a choice. We do not have to allow anger to control us.
Anger will always be here. It is an emotion that has been here since the beginning. Yahuah made us with this emotion because in some cases, anger can be good. When we become angry at an injustice we can choose to respond in love and change outcomes. Jesus got angry. He just didn’t sin out of His anger. His anger had a purpose and it brought His light into a dark situation.
“Another time Jesus went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, ‘Stand up in front of everyone.’ Then Jesus asked them, ‘Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?’ But they remained silent. He looked around at them in anger, and deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored.’” – Mark 3:1-5
Yahushua, the Son of the Most High God, got angry. He was angry at the lack of compassion in their hearts. That anger was properly placed and his response is one we should model. He did not lash out at them. He did not attack them. Instead, He focused on the needs of the one who was in need of healing and restoration. His love for the one was an example to the masses. His love was an example for you and I.
Beloved friends, we are given anger as a tool to shine love into the lives of others, not to hate others for what they have done. That kind of anger will eat you up. It makes you a feast for the devil to devour. What a glorious day when we overcome anger and replace it with love. I believe that is a day the angels sing hymns so beautiful we cant even imagine. I believe that is a day when our Father looks on us with favor and says, “Well done my child.” I believe that is the day that love wins. Won’t you join me in winning the battle against anger? How can I pray for you today so that anger finds no home in your soul?