This week has been one that presented me with a lot of mixed emotions: Happiness and Joy at having finished my examinations, and anger at having come across some turbulent and distracting moments which resulted in my skipping several meals.
Now for the happiness and joy part, it was easy to sing songs of Joy and dance around the neighborhood in celebration of the favor of God.
Whereas for the anger part, I had to give it critical thought.
While thinking about it, some thoughts ran through my head. What is anger? And is anger good? Does it have any good, any good at all?
Several of us will readily assume that anything related to anger is bad and that we should deal with anger the ‘Ecclesiastes 7:9 way’ i.e. by knowing that anger rests in the bosom of fools, and in order not to be a fool, we had better gotten rid of anger. I also agree with that.
However, I have come to understand and will propose that there are what I regard as 2 types of anger. Now this classification is not based on the cause, but rather on the effect.
The first is the anger that leads to destruction. If you are angry and you begin to hate on everyone around you and destroy things here and there, shouting on everyone, then that is not good – not for me, not for you, not for anyone. This we see in Adolf Hitler, whose hatred for the Jews caused him to exterminate over six million of the same.
The second, according to my observation, is that which leads to deliverance. This occurs when you feel a strong need to change a situation or correct a malady in your life, community or country at large. This we can see exemplified in William Wilberforce. Wilber was angry at the spate of slave trade in Britain and decided to lead the abolition movement. His anger brought about positive change in the society.
Anger is a trigger for positive change. If you are happy, there will obviously be no need to change your style and modus Vivendi. However, when a student is angry at his grades, as I have been in time past, he will begin to do something which will ensure that he secures better grades. If angry that you keep falling into sin, your spiritual life needs to be paid more attention. Anger should lead you to seek God’s face more, read more of the word, pray more, consider your doings more, thereby resulting in your taking better decisions having being empowered by God.
Anger is what will lead a nation that is besieged by all kinds of atrocities, corruption and attacks to begin to seek ways of edging forward and carving a better future for the unborn.
Like I said earlier, I’m angry! And I am going to channel my anger in the right direction.
Are you angry?