He was shouting, using foul language. He was so angry, his face was so red. His actions and his words were hurting his friend. At first, his friend was unbelieving that he was being shouted at , and cursed, and insulted by a friend. He could not take it anymore; he began to get angry too. And soon, both were shouting, and cursing and insulting one another.
Sin does not just happen; it grows like a seed planted in one's heart. Then, it bears fruit.
Anger in the heart and anger in speech can provoke further anger. This is precisely the bottom line: unless it is mastered by God's grace, sin grows and chokes, and causes other to sin. Anger when met by anger further creates anger; hatred begets hatred. Just as sin begets sin. The devil expects that we respond to anger with anger; hared with hatred. Violence with violence.
What is the antidote to anger and rage?
Mercy, and kindness spring from a heart full of love and forgiveness.
God has forgiven us and he calls us to extend mercy and forgiveness towards those who cause us harm and grief. Only God’s love and grace can set our hearts and minds free from the tyranny of wounded pride and spiteful revenge.
Let the devil become disappointed in us when, instead of responding in anger and rage at the angry tirades hurled against, we show patience, compassion and mercy.