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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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August 1, 2011 - Anger Management 101

By Hilda Schnell

Everywhere I turn these days, I’m reading about anger. God must have a message for me. It’s so easy to blame our poor behavior on anything or on anyone but ourselves. We might say, “I inherited my father’s bad temper” or “If you only knew what I’m going through, you would understand why I’m acting this way.”

The bottom line? If we hang on to our anger—regardless of its cause—we cannot live in a way that pleases God (James 1:20).

Maybe you’ve seen LarryBoy, the famous Veggie Tales superhero, face off against Awful Alvin and his army of “angry eyebrows.” In this captivating animated story, evil Alvin takes fiendish delight in tracking down anyone who has an anger problem. If they aren’t willing to let go of their anger and forgive, angry eyebrows attach themselves firmly to the unforgiving person’s own eyebrows — sort of like clip-on sunglasses. Immediately the victim’s rage intensifies to the point where they are ready to explode at the slightest offense.

This is a scary, dark place for any Christian to be. How do I know? I’ve been there — recently, to my shame. It can start with something as seemingly innocent as a bad attitude. If we believe the devil’s lies (“You have a perfect right to be mad after what he did to you!”), we run the risk of causing trouble and contaminating others with the bitter root of our anger (Hebrews 12:15). Choosing to be transformed by God’s Word is the better path by far.

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Ephesians 4:31,32, NIV).

What will you do with your angry eyebrows?

— Hilda Schnell, a freelance copy editor and writer, lives in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, with her husband and son.

 

 

 

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