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Resist Anger

Hermas | March 14

A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards. —Proverbs 29:11

“Resist anger and bitterness, and you will be found in company with the purity which is loved by the Lord.”

Patience is great, mighty, strong, and calm. It is joyful, rejoicing, free from care, glorifying God at all times, having no bitterness, and abiding continually meek and quiet. Now this patience dwells with those who have complete faith. But anger is foolish, fickle, and senseless. Now folly gives birth to bitterness, bitterness to anger, and anger to frenzy. This frenzy, the product of so many evils, ends in great and incurable sin. For when all these spirits dwell in one vessel in which the Holy Spirit also dwells, the vessel cannot contain them, but overflows. The tender Spirit, then, not being accustomed to dwell with the  wicked spirit nor with hardness, withdraws from such a man and seeks to dwell with meekness and peacefulness. Then, when the Spirit withdraws from the man in whom he dwelt, the man is emptied of the righteous Spirit, and being hencefor­ward filled with evil spirits, he is in a state of anarchy in every action, being dragged here and there by the evil spirits, and there is a complete darkness in his mind as to everything good. This, then, is what happens to all angry people. Therefore, depart from that most wicked spirit, anger, and put on patience. Resist anger and bitterness, and you will be found in company with the purity that is loved by the Lord.

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