Restrain Anger

Bent Out of Shape over Anger: Christine Chase Cooper

An old saying says to make ourselves habitually consistent. Then our lives can be like pictures, pre­serving the same representation they first received. How can one be consistent who is inflamed by anger one minute and the next blazes up with fierce resentment? Or what about one whose face bums at first, but, in an instant, is changed to pale­ness— varying and changing its color every minute? It is natural for one to be angry because generally there is good reason. However, it is our duty to restrain anger. We must not be carried away by fury like a lion, unable to set­tle down. We must not spread tales or make family quarrels worse, for it is written, “A wrathful man diggeth up sin.” One who is double-minded won’t be consistent. Those who can’t restrain themselves when they’re angry can’t be consistent. David says it well, “Be ye angry and sin not.” He doesn’t condemn his anger, but indulges his natural tendency. One can’t prevent these tendencies but can moderate them. Therefore, even though we are angry, we must only admit that our emotion is natural and must not sin.

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