Have you noticed that many people no longer smile, instead they have scowls on their faces.  Depending on who these people are and their quality of life determines the type of anger that they carry.  People who live in poverty and disappointment, the angry mood comes from constant pain, mental and physical.  Their anger also is a protective shield from further pain.  There are some who are angry at those who are different in race, creed, color, religion and gender.  What is interesting and frustrating is those who use the bible to justify their anger.

There are moments in life when you will become angry but you should not linger in anger long.  Make peace with whomever you are angry.  If they are no longer around, make peace within yourself in order to heal yourself.  Ephesians 4:26-27 says, “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger and give no opportunity to the devil.”  Anger must not win.

Little gods must exercise the Fruit of the Spirit that is love; even with those who disappoint you.  Those who exert anger based on race or other human descriptors need to exercise love within themselves.  Racism is so deeply engrained in our society it almost seems impossible to eradicate it.  The same is true for those in poverty.  When you fight and fight to get ahead but face roadblocks at every turn it is hard to see love or hope.  Then the poor have to hear the ignorance of others calling them lazy and ignorant; often times this is not the case.  I have encountered many homeless men who seek employment but it is hard to obtain employment when you do not have a cell phone or a home where you can receive mail.  The cycle is never ending; it is hard not to be angry after a while.  But anger must not win.

When anger gets the upper hand, it is difficult to clearly see your way to liberation and prosperity.  It means having the strength to fight through the rejections and people’s opinions every day.  It means having a level of faith, a believing, in God that you never want to give up.  Deuteronomy 31:6 tells us, “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

Don’t let anger win!