The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen?
~ Genesis 4:6, ESV ~
Anger, unchecked, is a problem that correlates with problems we have within our relationships. Some of us may have held back our anger and resentment and bitterness has blossomed. Others may have indulged in their anger and ended up becoming abusive. Yet, there are those who became quite frightened of anger where they closed off any dialogue and isolate themselves.
Unchecked anger wastes time and energy, especially when we focus it on those who may not be significant in our lives. Do we truly want them to become that important to us? Do we want relationships that are important to us become frozen when we are not open and respectful? It isn’t possible to be close to someone and not experience anger.
With healthy dialogue, we are empowered to hear those close to us express their anger as we allow ourselves to be respectful and open about our own anger. Through transparent communication, we are able to resolve our anger. If not, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is contrary to you, (cf. Genesis 4:6-8).
Today, let us be aware of those people we are making important in our lives and will grow in dealing with our anger.