We’re living in a day and age when everyone wants to live for themselves. People bristle at the smallest things. Once I tried to cross a busy intersection when the light changed green. The person in the car in front of me seemed incoherent. So I gently honked the horn. Finally, they woke up and realized they were in a real world with real cars and real people, so they drove across. As soon as they crossed over, they started slowing down in vengeance.

It’s been said the two best times to keep your mouth shut are when you’re swimming and when you’re angry. Have you ever gotten wound up over a minor grievance? Ever wanted to throw your computer out the window after a routine freeze-up? Exploded when your son or daughter forgot something important? We’ve all overreacted to irritating circumstances. We all wish we could take back some things we’ve said or done in anger.

How can we control this emotion that often gets us into trouble? One way we can do this is to re-channel it. Dr. David Seamands offers this wisdom: “Anger is a divinely implanted emotion. Closely allied to our instinct for right, it is designed to be used for constructive spiritual purposes. The person who cannot feel anger at evil is a person who lacks enthusiasm for good. If you cannot hate wrong, it’s very questionable whether you really love righteousness.”

Submit your unbridled anger to God. Allow Him to redirect this powerful emotion for His glory.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder