Rocco DiTrolio
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Anger that produces strife by Rocco DiTrolio

Anger that produces strife

“For as churning the milk produces butter, and as twisting the nose produces blood,
so stirring up anger produces strife.” Proverbs 30:33

Watch out that you don’t become an angry person! Churning up milk to make butter can be compared with anger, because anger, if churned, can lead to arguments. We must do away with fermenting or generating anger in our life, all the while knowing that we will always be confronted with things that can produce anger in us. It troubles me to see so many young people, who will represent a new generation of adults, who are full of anger.
It seems at times as though I find myself confronted with people who seem to be angry with the whole world. It is almost as if they love to generate, propagate and instigate conflict. Each one of us needs to get to the cause of our anger if we want to be free from it. If not, anger will become a constant companion for you. It will rear its ugly head in your family life, your work, your marriage and even in your church.

So what are the causes for anger?

1. Frustration. False expectations or unmet expectations.
2. Painful experiences from your past.

If we don’t find out what is the cause of our anger, anger can and will destroy our lives. Look at what our verse in Proverbs tells us; “…and as twisting the nose produces blood, so stirring up anger produces strife.” There are a lot of relationships out there that are literally bleeding to death because of the effects of anger. Each of us needs to ask the Lord to help us eliminate anger from our hearts. Only the Lord can help us change our temperament and take control of this area of our lives. I believe that it is the desire of God to free this generation from the toxic effects of anger.

Look at what David tells us in Psalms 37:8; “Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret, it leads only to evil.” The Psalmist talks about refraining and abandoning anger. It doesn’t say you can be angry just a little or that it’s ok to get angry now and then. When dealing with anger you need to take it out from the root.

My prayer is that the Lord would free us from the things that can destroy us. Anger is one of those things, if left unchecked, it will destroy you. We all need to ask the Lord to help us free ourselves from becoming slaves to anger. Proverbs 15:1 tells us, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Be careful that your tongue doesn’t generate anger! Lets each of us ask the Lord to help us eliminate anger and those things that cause conflict. It is a difficult task for sure, but I know that God wants each of us to live in harmony not only with him, but with those around us.

Are you ready to take the challenge? Do everything possible to live your life anger-free!

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