‘Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” ‘
Romans 12:19-20 https://www.bible.com/bible/111/ROM.12.19-20
I would never call myself a petty person, but do I revel in pettiness? Yes. I am quick to lash out and I definitely hate stupid questions, which will cause me to scream at someone quickly. It is not a great trait to have. Being angry never makes me feel good and my thoughts are probably at their most irrational.
If you ever saw the movie 7, you know wrath can result in someone losing their life. What are you like when someone angers you? Can you keep calm? Do you lash out immediately? Or are you a quiet storm that brews and lets out devastating winds, lightning, and rain? Is it damaging your relationships?
Wrath is a toxic sin. It can kill people in a physical sense, but it also destroys our relationships. Especially when we are quick to be angry. We need to learn patience because someone’s literal life or a relationship is in danger. We should never allow ourselves to go to bed angry. The more you hold onto that anger, the easier it becomes for you to lash out at people.
Confession: I have never been someone to get angry with strangers or non-family members (except when I was pregnant, everybody could get it, then). I have low patience with my family and if I think a question they are asking me is stupid. I nastily let them know. I know not Godly behavior.
Commitment: Begin to pray to God about becoming slow to get angry with my family. I also need to remember that God will then set up situations that require me to practice this slow to anger. (Do not directly ask for patience)
Father, I know it is okay to get angry, but I need help with getting over my anger. Father I also want to be slow to get angry. I do not want to lash out on people simply because I did not like their tone of voice. Teach me to be understanding and kind.
In Yeshua’s (Jesus) Name I Pray, Amen