Why am I Angry?

January 22, 2017

 

The next thing people often feel is anger—at themselves. They begin to think of things they wish they would or would not have done that might have made the situation better or even prevented it altogether. Satan wants us to live with regret. There is no one alive who wouldn't say, "I wish I hadn't done that!" or "I wish I had done this." Satan seeks to place blame, intending to throw us into a lifetime of guilt, condemnation and self-hatred. The apostle Paul stated in Philippians 3:13, ...one thing I do [it is my one aspiration]: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead. The word "straining" in the Amplified translation tells us that whenever we have to "press on" there will be opposition from the enemy. Endings always bring new beginnings. Satan strives to keep us out of the new place that God has prepared. He wants to trap us in the past and cause us to live in permanent misery, which is what self-anger and self-blame will do. People may also experience anger at the person who left them—even if they died. My aunt told me that after my uncle died, she'd beat his pillow at night and yell, "Why did you leave me?" Obviously, her intellect knew he didn't purposely leave her, but her emotions were speaking. Emotions have a voice; when they're wounded, they may react like a wounded animal. Wounded animals can be quite dangerous, and so can wounded emotions if they're followed.

 

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