Sometimes back, in a conjectural city of the planet Earth, a lady in a brand new high end car, who had driven around a congested car park without locating any parking space, finally found a spot and was just about to park when a young man driving Holden Torana vroomed into the spot before her. The Torana man got out of his car and started walking away. The disappointed lady called out “I found that spot first. Why do you think you have the right to push in and take it?” The young man cackled and said “That’s because I’m young and swift” and kept on walking away. Suddenly he heard the dreadful sound of a car being emphatically smashed. He turned around to see the lady smash her car into his repeatedly. She caught his eye and said “That’s because I’m old and rich!”
This was the bitter fruit of rage.
It was the outcome of vexation.
It was the outgrowth of displeasure.
Tit for tat was the end result of crossness.
Irritation had reached boiling point.
Indignation was palpable.
Seething seedlings grew into sycamores.
Annoyance, fury, wrath and ire had given birth to destruction.
Call it irritation, rage, indignation, or whatever, anger is one of the most destructive emotions if allowed to balloon unchecked. In fact uncontrolled anger is a shining doorway for Satan and his buddies. It is an open sesame for forces of darkness. It is a gateway for unclean spirits to enter our hearts and party all night.
The wiring that went into my being permits uncharacteristic love for nature. As such, I cannot go on without wandering into the wonderment of winding jungles fit for junketeering and savannas suitable for sabbaticals.
A safari into the hinterlands of Kenya will ultimately bring you face to face with the Cape buffalo. It is one of the famous Big Five and should feature your list of ‘what to watch’. This giant bovine has a reputation of being perpetually ill tempered. It will charge short of provocation. It can continue to charge even after being shot at. It does not spare vehicles either.
In the year 2015, The Telegraph Newspaper reported an incident in Maasai Mara whereby a lion had to climb a tree – something not in their genes – to escape a herd of angry buffaloes. The herd was in no hurry and waited down for the lion to fall so that it could be taught a lesson. The king of the jungle missed a breakfast of buffalo calf.
That is how angry the Cape Buffalo can get!
As recent as the month of November, 2016, several newspapers, including The Guardian, and scientific journals published articles on the findings of a study on the relationship between anger and sleep. According to researchers from Beijing University, going to bed angry put us at the risk of waking up with hatred. The researchers say that negative emotional memories are harder to reverse after a night’s sleep. The finding suggests that the process of setting memories throughout the sleep makes it harder to quash negative memories which we may want to forget.
This is very interesting considering that the Bible in Ephesians 4:26-27 encourages us to subdue our anger before the sun goes down. The Scientific findings corroborates what Paul was inspired – by the Holy Ghost – to write nearly 2000 years ago. We can also conclude that Science lend credence to the spirit of forgiveness as taught in the Bible.
If we fall asleep while we are as angry as a buffalo, we increase the chance to wake up with heart attack, stroke or not wake up at all.
In consequence we might actually die when we say “I would rather die than forgive”. Angry feelings before sleep escalate heart arrhythmias and produce dangerous blood pressure spikes.
As progressive human beings, we have no choice but divorce anger every time we see the sun bidding us farewell. Don’t go to bed with anger.
I know it is sometimes hard to part ways with such a loving companion, but the unwritten letter and spirit of common goodness and posterity dictates so.
We can learn one or two points from certain characters in the Bible.
Cain killed his brother Abel due to uncontrollable anger. He failed to tame his anger and this led to the first murder and death on the face of the earth. Anger can kill, and will actually do that.
Moses did not have the privilege of entering the Promised Land due to unbridled anger. Anger has the potential to deny us our destinies. It can stop us in our tracks.
Balaam’s anger was so voluminous that his donkey had to bear the brunt. This remind me of people who get consumed with rage and start hitting and breaking everything in the vicinity. However it is lesser evil to break glasses and mugs that skulls and mandibles.
Haman was damn angry with Mordecai that he went and made gallows for him: Little did he knew that this kind of anger always boomerang. In the long run, Haman died from the poison he was taking while hoping that Mordecai will die. The necropsy report revealed that he died from the poison he ingested stupidly expecting Mordecai to come to a sticky end.
Saul’s anger burned so fierce against his son Jonathan that he spewed uncouth words from his mouth. “You son of a perverse, rebellious woman! Do I not know that you are choosing the son of Jesse to your own shame and to the shame of your mother’s nakedness?” 1st Samuel 20:30. Imagine how Jonathan felt!
Anger has a way of making us talk rubbish. It is impossible to retract words we speak when angry. The damage done is always irreversible.
King Uzziah was enraged with the priests that leprosy broke out on his forehead – 2nd Chronicles 26:19-21. Anger will not only damage us emotionally and spiritually but also physically. This kind of damage can be permanent, as it was with Uzziah.
In sheer anger the great king of Babylon – Nebuchadnezzar – ordered Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego be thrown into furnace of fire. Daniel 3:13. Anger has the propensity to make one violate another person’s right to be human.
There are many other instances in the Scripture and even in Secular history in which we can impartially point accusing finger on anger as the culprit of despicable acts of destruction, desecration, desperation, desolation and decadence.
Here below are some of the Scriptures from the Bible that challenges us to abandon wanton anger.
Psalms 37:8 – “Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret -it leads only to evil.”
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.”
James 1:19-20 – “My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.”
Colossians 3:8 – “But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.”
2 Timothy 2:23-24 – “Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.”
We should not forget that God didn’t create us to be angry all the time, He created us to love extravagantly.
What do you think are some of the most practical ways of taming anger?