Why Is Everybody So Angry
August 1 2022
I have noticed over the past three years people are having a difficult time controlling their anger. We are getting angry over little things and that’s because we seem to be on edge about a lot of things. I would never walk into an area where yellow jackets are swarming because I know something has them stirred up and I would get stung. Likewise, I am paying close attention to people who seem to be upset about something and purposely staying away.
The Bible tells us a person who gets angry quickly does foolish things. The person who has lost self-control could injure himself or others. While I was at the gas station recently, there was a long line. All the patrons entered the various lanes from the same direction. When it was time for this one man to pull up the pump, another vehicle entered from the opposite direction. Of course, the person who had been sitting patiently in line for his turn was infuriated over what had just happened. The offender acted as if he had not done anything. He proceeded with his transaction. When the victim approached the offender and told him it was his turn and expressed his displeasure for the man’s egregious actions, a brawl almost ensued. This man became so angry and started yelling all kinds of obscenities. Finally, the attendant came over and resolved the matter.
Just recently on television I heard a man visiting a sandwich shop got upset because the worker put too much mayonnaise on his sandwich. He went outside and started spraying the restaurant with bullets. The worker was killed and her sister who also worked there was shot and ended up in intensive care due to the severe nature of her injuries.
In an apparent road rage incident, a lady reacted to being cut off by another driver. She followed the car and then shot at the vehicle striking the passenger. She went to jail because they got her tag number, and the police were able to track her down.
Becoming highly enraged will cause you to take foolish actions against people. These emotional outbursts could result in the loss of your life or another person’s. We must stop and ask ourselves is it worth me getting angry to the point where I lose my temper and wind up doing something I regret.
In Proverbs 16:32, the Word teaches us a person who is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that rules his spirit than he that takes a city. Self-control requires a lot of strength. It has to be intentional. We can become angry, but we should never sin.
Each morning as we start our day, let us ask God to help us control our tempers and always display the same love that Christ shows to us. If we find ourselves in tough situations and we think we are about to lose it, we can always rely on the Holy Spirit to help us manage our emotions.
In Matthew 21:12-13, Jesus showed tremendous restraint when He overturned the tables of the money changers in the temple. He never lost self-control and He was not destructive. There was never the threat of loss of life.
In the moment of a heated situation, be the calming force. Let your soft answer turn away wrath. Pray silently and show courage by refusing to participate in any debate that will not lead to a productive outcome. Heap coals of fire on the other person’s head. In other words, shower them with kindness.
We can make the difference.