Anger and Complaining

Eccl. 7 :9-10

Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.

Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this.

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We are not to allow ourselves to be quick to anger. People whose only instant response to a given situation is anger, according to God, are fools.

Temper is a terrible master. When an angry temper controls one’s spirit, there is no room for contemplation; no room for kindness, no room for a soft answer. An angry person is controlled by that swift, explosive response that showers shards of hurtful words, and sometimes physical violence.

We’re seeing a lot of anger in our country right now. Some people are stirring up others with angry words and actions, hoping to force others either to change their minds, or to just be quiet and move out of the way for a style of government that has failed over and over again and undermines the spirit of freedom that is uniquely ours.

No good will come of such angry behavior. Debate based on reason and history is a thing of the past. It is very sad for me to see so much anger and hatred in my country.

The only antidote I know of for anger is forgiveness. And that’s a whole different conversation. You can go here to read what I’ve written about forgiveness over the years. Scroll all the way to the bottom and read up.

Verse 10 warns us against the folly of wishing we were back in “the good old days.” Granted, we can have memories of times that were gentler and carried less fear. However, Solomon says it is not wise to dwell on these things.

The truth is, the heart of man does not change from one age to another. Jeremiah 17:9 says that our hearts are deceitful and wicked beyond any hope of change, and that we can’t even begin to know our own propensity for wickedness.

It is also true that God does not change. He is from age to age the same (Psalm 90:2). If He is always the same, then the trouble must lie with us. Perhaps a different age seems like it was better because we simply are not seeing the blessings we enjoy every day that we live.

We can talk ourselves into a terrible frame of mind wondering why things can’t be like they used to be. It’s a waste of time and energy, and those who live in the past in their thinking are simply not wise.


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