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The Angry American

Anger is everywhere in our society today and I am confident that anger is the direct result of not being satisfied with our lives. I usually encounter anger in two places in my life today:

  1. On the highway
  2. Political discussions

Both places seem to have a propensity to get people into a bad mood in a hurry. 

Anger is an emotion, that unless controlled, can embarrass you, destroy relationships, and could even get you thrown into jail if your anger is displayed to the wrong people. Yet the increase of an angry society is just another sign of the last days. Jesus even said that the last days will be when people’s love for one another will grow cold. 

Americans in general are angry because their satisfaction level is misplaced. Most Americans get their satisfaction from things, or the ability to purchase things; however, things are merely conveniences - not elements that will bring the human heart satisfaction. Anger is a reaction to when expectations are not met and something is lost or denied. As Americans we have a very high level of expectation when it comes to getting what we want. People don’t care much about the path we take as long as we get to the end goal of our desire. Objectives are king of the workplace and those dominate most of our lives. The numbers we want to achieve become more important that the process in which they get accomplished.  When our expectations are not met, the anger sets in, and there is someone to blame - the object of our anger. 

We may not avoid anger, but we certainly can evaluate how anger intersects with our lives and how to control it better. 

1. The Bible teaches that anger should be short lived, Ephesians says don’t let the sun go down on your anger. In other words settle the issue that is making you angry.  

Ephesians 4:26   
Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 

2.Don’t be quick to get angry.

Proverbs 14:29 
Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.

James 1:19 
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;

3. Discipline yourself to do away with anger that is out of control. 

Colossians 3:8 
But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth

4. Anger is not the characteristic God wants from his Church.

James 1:20
Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.
My point in today’s blog is to remind us that our satisfaction comes from our surrender to God and his Word. Satisfaction in life is finding a relationship with God that becomes the focal point of your thinking and your behavior. Living your life in getting your way, or getting what you want, will never produce the kind of character in you that is pleasing to God. Selfish behavior will always produce anger because it is the nature of self-seeking behavior. 

  • People are angry with our President because they didn’t get what they wanted from the election.
  • People are angry about immigration because it isn’t what they wanted.
  • People are angry and quick to take offense about every little issue because it spills out of the condition of their heart.
  • People are angry about everything they find does not fit best into their expectations for their lives.

Unfortunately life is so much bigger, richer, and satisfying than how anger wants to control your life. If you are finding yourself angry all the time, perhaps you need to look at how satisfying your life is, based upon the important things in life like God, family, and friends. 

It’s time to trade in our anger for the satisfaction and peace we can have in knowing God. 

Keeping it honest and truthful…K

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