Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Ira Viri | Human Anger

"Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires" (James 1:20)

Anger is one of the seven major sins. In our daily life, we often don't realize it. We get angry when something is not going the way we want. Sometimes small problems become a great problem because of our anger. Where does all this anger actually come from - if not from ourselves? Anger arises because we want the other person to be perfect according to our will, according to our standards. Why we want others to follow our standards if we realize that all humans are unique?

Some people in this part of the world may resemble but they will never be the same. Likewise behaviors, words and actions of other people are not always the same as what we expect. Never expect others to behave the way we want. We ought to first reflect within ourselves.  Am I perfect in their eyes?  When we realize that we are all the same, then we will behave well without anger.

On Calvary , Jesus was never angry. He never cursed those who crucified Him.  Instead of getting angry, He prayed for them. As His followers, we are also invited to practice praying for people who make us angry. Pray for ourselves too, that have caused others to be angry with us. We need to learn a lot from Jesus.

Reflection on James 1: 19 - 27 (NLT) by Sr. Yanti Purnawati, SFSC

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