Thought for the Week

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Each morn­ing one of the first emails I open is a verse for the day.

This week, on the day of writ­ing, my verse was: “If you become an­gry, don’t let your anger lead you into sin, and don’t stay an­gry all day.”

This re­ally talked to me as I thought about things that had made me an­gry re­cently, things like a close friend be­ing very un­well, the tragic loss of life in large scales in our coun­try and in our wider world.

Some­times anger can come from more mi­nor things, maybe be­ing cut up in the car, or an ar­gu­ment at home.

What I have wit­nessed is that when anger starts to es­ca­late, it can have a domino ef­fect and those around us can become an­gry. There is real pos­si­bil­ity of that anger di­vid­ing us.

We are re­minded here it’s okay to be an­gry for the right rea­sons, it doesn’t say never be an­gry.

It is right to be an­gry at the in­equal­ity we see, at hor­ri­ble ter­ror events, at dread­ful ill­ness, how­ever we still need to be in con­trol of that anger. When we are in con­trol of it, we can use it to make changes for the better.

Thought­less anger can hurt others and de­stroy re­la­tion­ships, and if bot­tled up it can cause us to be bit­ter.

I was also re­minded of some­thing my mum used to say when I was lit­tle – ‘don’t go to bed un­til you’ve kissed and made up’.

When we al­low anger to take hold of us and we don’t let go, that neg­a­tiv­ity will con­tinue to grow and may lead us to act in a way that can be de­struc­tive.

When you next get an­gry, pause to think, is this anger right and help­ful? If not, let it go, or as my mum would say, kiss and make up. Ali­son Kennedy Flem­ing­ton Hall­side Church

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