“Let go of anger and leave rage behind! Don’t get upset—it will only lead to evil. Because evildoers will be eliminated, but those who hope in the Lord—they will possess the land.” (Psalms 37: 8-9, Common English Bible)
Do you feel like you are losing control of your life, and that other forces are taking over your peace, your sanity, your joy? These seeming powers are being given a life and an authority in our experience when we give in to rage. As we let evil’s appearances continue to upset us, our consciousness is submitting to the very thing we oppose and stoking the flame as well as keeping us in that fire.
Let that anger go. When we get mad and allow it to overtake us, we become part of that madness and subject our own thought to the tyranny that it brings. Evil has no legitimate power. Good is truly potent. Love is the way of Life, and it is also our truest state of being. So, to recognize God, good, as in control, we can settle into being happy and helpful, the way we really are. And this feels right and is productive.
The incinerating flames of rage end up singeing us. No, we can’t always completely avoid a righteous anger at what opposes goodness and Love, but let’s allow our awareness of evil to be a call to wipe it out. And that honest intention begins with calm and peaceful thinking and actions to follow that are clear, loving, and healing for us and for all.
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So timely!! It seems like America is becoming a cauldron of anger and hatred. The political warfare and economic struggles are trying to influence our lives. Thanks for this lovely, timely and “spot on” guidance!!!
Thanks for the comments, Pat! Yes, I thought the quote was timely as well and got me thinking…and praying!