When we attended the 10-year anniversary celebration of Mercy Multiplied in the St. Louis, Missouri area, one of the young ladies who graduated from the program shared an eye-opening testimony. She said that her father committed suicide when she was a teenager and the pain of that situation led her to start drinking and taking drugs. When she realized her life was falling apart, she went to Mercy Multiplied for help.
The thing that really struck me was when she shared that as she went through the program, she came to realize that her problem started at the time her father committed suicide because it made her angry that he took his life and left their family. She couldn’t get well and overcome her addiction to drugs and alcohol until she got over being angry with him.
Many times we have issues in our lives because we’re angry about something but we don’t know it. I believe that for many people, the root of their problem is due to the fact that they are angry at God because their lives haven’t turned out right, or they are angry with someone who has hurt them. They may even be angry at themselves for some reason.
The word “anger” is one letter away from “danger.” Benjamin Franklin is quoted as saying, “Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame,” and “Anger is never without a reason, but it seldom has a good one.” It’s so important for us to be aware of any anger issues we have because they can become dangerous and create damage in our lives.
Our Anger Epidemic
We live in an angry society, and we see the effects of it in problems like road rage, which has surged over the last few years. I recently researched statistics on anger and discovered that an estimated 1 out of 5 Americans has an anger management problem. According to an article I read in Newsweek, people are coming out in droves asking for help with anger management. Enrollment in anger management classes is booming and the demand for counselors is at an all-time high.
The Holy Spirit is the ultimate anger management Counselor! Jesus says in John 14:26 (AMP), “But the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name…He will teach you all things.” We can be confident that when we go to God, He will give us the help we need to face the truth about ourselves and overcome our problems.
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SOURCE: Charisma, Joyce Meyer