I will tell you a true story. I had the story only last month and it shook me to my bones.
A man bought a brand new car and he was washing it, he was adoring the car, cleaning, the car.
And his son, a young boy, I think…, I cannot remember the age – maybe 4 or 5, was scratching something on the new car with a sharp object on the other side of the car.
And the man…en! my new car! This boy! You are scratching…!
In his anger, he grabbed the first thing he could lay hands on, and it was a hammer… true story.
And began to smash the hand of the boy; by the time he came to himself, the fingers of the boy were already mangled.
He rushed the boy to the hospital and they had to amputate all the fingers of his right hand.
The following day, the boy said to him, daddy, when will my fingers grow?
And the man went out to the car, and he looked at what the boy wrote on the car – what he scratched on the car.
The boy wrote: I love you daddy.
The man could not bear the pain, he committed suicide.
So you have to let go of Anger.
Anger is so dangerous because it can destroy a lifetime of achievement within seconds. Ask Moses: a man who God spoke to face to face (Exodus 33:11), the man who led the children of Israel out of bondage in Egypt and also caused the Egyptian army to be destroyed in the Red Sea (Exodus 14:27,28).
Many great miracles had happened through him and he was on the to leading the children of Israel to the promise land, but anger ended his mission within seconds. (Numbers 20:10-12).
Anger is a destiny-killer and that is why I am determined never to get angry again in my life. I was once asked to act the role of an angry man in a play. As hard as I tried, I just couldn’t do it because I had dealt with anger so much in my life. Once in a while, things happen around me that can get me anger but I ensure that I do not stop doing things that help me avoid anger.
Always be in control of your emotions. Anger has a way of making people say or do things they wouldn’t normally. You need to be in control so anger does not take you in that direction. When people say “That is how I behave when I get angry”, it shows they don’t place great value on their destiny. If you let anger dictate how you behave, it will also dictate how far you go. Proverbs 25:28 says:
“ He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.”
You have control; use it!
When someone gets me angry, I sing choruses. As I sing, I am inviting the Holy Spirit to take control and since He is a gentle Spirit, once He comes in, the anger will go. At others times, you may just quietly leave a place to avoid getting angry.
Whatever you do, ensure anger does not control you.
“He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.” Ecclesiastes 7:9
If you let anger dictate how you behave, it will also dictate how far you go in life.