Facing and naming our anger offers a good place to start dealing with it. The challenge is not to get rid of this feeling but to understand why it arises and how to deal with this feeling constructively. Not anger but what we do with it is what matters. God bids us, like Cain, to master our anger so that it will not master us. When directed appropriately and handled well, even our anger can eventually move us closer to a posture of forgiveness and release.
—Marjorie J. Thompson, The Way of Forgiveness Participant’s Book (Companions in Christ Series) (Upper Room Books, 2002)
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The LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is lurking at the door; its desire is for you, but you must master it.”
—Genesis 4:6-7 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Lord, guide me to know and learn from my emotions: my anger, my fears, my grief, my joys, my love. Show me how to master them so that they will not master me.
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