I feel led to share a testimony I received in response to the January 28 Seriously “What Could Be Worse Than Ebola?” This brother knows firsthand the devastation a man’s anger can bring.

“I hate my anger now as I look in the mirror. I have to live with the past mistakes that were made (mistake is the word most folks use instead of saying my sin.) So much anger and so much evil.

“Anger is like a virus that is dormant in your blood (from a previous illness). It takes a few seconds for that dormant virus to begin attacking its host given the right circumstances.

“Dads, do everything you can to shun anger. It is hard, I know. I fight it daily. My wife will forget something important, or my child interrupts me or refuses to do what I have asked. Anger seems to solve things so quickly. But then when I stop and think about the hurt that I saw in their eyes, when I think back about particular instances, I realize it was not worth the quick fix.

“But to see the eyes of my wife or child light up when they receive grace and patience is amazing. It lights a soft glowing fire in my heart that is kind of like a warm, quaint fire in the fireplace, on a cold snowy day with a cup of hot chocolate, and my wife smiling warmly as she cuddles next to me. Patience is far more effective in long term.
— A Brother

This brother understands the seriousness of anger and the devastation it brings, and he openly testifies of his desire to be free of it. May that be true of every one of us. Would you pray for him? Now, what about you? Does anger have a place in your life? If so, be committed to removing it.

“But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.” Colossians 3:8


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