“The end of a matter is better than its beginning;
Patience of spirit is better than haughtiness of spirit.”
Anger held onto becomes bitterness and bears a prideful heart. Anger is often misplaced judgment. God says to be angry but to sin not, but He also says not to let the sun go down on your anger. This is because He knows that if we hold onto that anger, then we are poisoning ourselves and placing ourselves as judge rather than letting Him be Lord and Judge. Letting go of anger begins with a volitional choice – I will forgive. Sometimes it takes a while for the emotions to catch up. In the meantime, talking it out, praying for a humble heart, reminding ourselves that we have chosen forgiveness, and doing something nice for the person can all help bring the emotions in line.
I have been prideful and guilty of judgment. I have laid that before the Savior’s feet at the cross. It will happen again. But hopefully this lesson is learned and it won’t be such a struggle next time!
Are you willing to let go of the right to be angry because of another person’s actions? Even if they don’t apologize? Are you willing for the Spirit of God to humble your heart? Are you willing to let go of judgment and allow God to be the Judge? Here is freedom. Here is joy. Here is peace. May you have the strength today to forgive and let God work.