Have you ever had a child in your lap so long that your leg fell asleep? Have you ever carried something so heavy or held something so long that you couldn’t wait to put it down? Have you ever moved that piece of furniture and then regretted it later because it hurt your back (and you’re probably rubbing that place now)? Well, I asked all those questions because carrying stuff from your past is just like all these things. Yea, carrying past hurt, past anger, past wrongs, past misunderstandings, past church hurt, past exes, past whatever is like that weight that has caused your legs to go to sleep or your back to be out of whack. You’ve got to let it go! But you know this already, don’t you? You know anger allows the enemy to reside close to you, don’t you? You know the bible says in Ephesians 4:26-27, “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry and do not give the devil a foothold,” don’t you? Yet we still do. Why is that? Why do we call ourselves God’s people yet we are so angry when we are supposed to be of God and He is our joy? Why are we called Saints of God yet we allow people to take from us the joy that they didn’t or cannot give us? I mean, we can get so angry that we get out of our character, we lose who we are and we say or do stuff that folk who are of God shouldn’t say or do and then we have the nerve to say, “They made me do it.”
Isn’t it something that folk don’t get credit for making you do right but they sure in Heaven get the credit for making you do wrong when it’s nobody’s fault but yours. Stop allowing anger to control you because the word says in James 1:20, “Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.” What can anger give you other than some hurtful words or deeds you can’t take back, high blood pressure from the stress of carrying all the things you should have released 10 years or a lonely life because no one wants to be around an angry person? What can anger do for you? What has it done for you lately that have proven productive? Listen, I understand because believe me when I say one of the biggest things I work on daily is my attitude. I don’t have a quick tongue but I will shut down when I get angry and that’s not good either yet I am trying to change. We are all in need of work. Let’s stop putting off that which we need help with. Let go of the things that keep us angry. Forgive people and then forget! Yes, you have to forgive AND forget because if you don’t you remember all the things they did and it brings up all the memories. Forgetting is part of the healing and anger can’t reside if you are to heal. It can’t! Healing isn’t for the person who hurt you, it’s for you. Aren’t you ready?