Do you have any areas of your life that no matter how hard you try, how many times we determine not allow that particular pattern to be in our lives, it still creeps in. Have you prayed and memorized scripture and yet you find yourself back in that old habit again? It talks in Hebrews 12:1 about a sin that so easily trips us up (NLT). I do believe that due to our personalities, background and maturity we all have particular areas that we have to consistently stay on top of or they will overcome us. For some it is excessive worry, or it could be anger, or pride, or lying. The list could go on and on.
For me, the pattern, habit or sin that so easily trips me up is anger. When I was much younger the anger was evident to all around me, but through the years and hopefully some maturity it is an area that I have with God's help gotten under control. But, it is an area of my life that I have to be constantly on guard about. I have done so well in this area in recent years that I really was convinced that I had it conquered, I had been delivered and was quite pleased with myself. Recently in the last few months, I have seen this pattern or habit rise up again and although it has made me sad that I have not conquered it completely, it has been a reminder to me that we can never become so confident that we let down our guard in these areas that we know are struggles for us. The good thing is that when I get angry now, it doesn't look like it used to. It isn't so outward, more inward and I am very aware of it. I used to ignore it or excuse it due to my personality but now I continue to realize it is not an option and I must continue to strive to rid my life of it or at least turn it around very quickly.
So as a reminder to myself and others I am going to take the next few posts to talk about Anger. What causes it, when does it become sin and how do you heal from it and let it go.
And “don’t sin by letting anger control you." Eph 4:26
Scary picture! :)