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Feeling Defeated by Anger or Hurt?

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Anger and Hurt are like a hand and glove, and generally speaking these emotions are layered in our hearts when we have been offended, or when we have experienced some type of presumed or real loss. In essence anger and hurt are normal human emotions that tell us something is wrong. They are often caused by similar situations, but acted out in different behaviors. Generally speaking, anger is an emotion that many of us find uncomfortable to experience, so we attempt to deny or push down its negative and persistent presence. Yet there are others who feel comfortable or familiar with anger, and self-righteously or judgmentally use it to protect themselves and control others. Then there are some who get stuck in the hurt which can lead to paralyzing self-pity, complacency, or a ‘poor me’ victim mentality. Still most of us desire to walk in love not in holding on to anger or hurt!  Yet as we live out our lives in this world, anger and hurt will be a part of our natural, human experience that must be acknowledged and dealt with to overcome, evolve spiritually, grow emotionally, and have the motivation to keep stepping forward in God’s plans for our lives.  In the Psalms, King David processed and released his emotions by feeling his anger and hurt, while talking to God about what was overwhelming his heart and mind.  The Bible teaches; go to God…acknowledge what is within our heart and mind …feel the attached emotions… let it go. This same prayer processing method works today and will keep us from letting our anger or hurt escalate day after day. When we choose to hold on to anger or hurt, it becomes a crippling indulgence that will defeat us in life. Holding on to anger gives Satan an opening to deceive us while holding us captive in our wounds. Living in the wounds of anger or hurt blinds us spiritually, cripples us emotionally, and yes, even makes us physically sick. Because of God’s love, Jesus died for our human shortcomings, and He longs for us to put our anger or hurt onto Him. He is the One who has the power and desire to take our anger and hurt- replacing it with His love, peace, joy and rest. Learning to let go of anger and hurt is an on-going process that we must learn to come to terms with, while we continue to keep running to our Savior to release and let go. The work of releasing anger and hurt onto Jesus will change our heart… making room for His spirit to enlighten and lift us up. The Lord knows we cannot overcome these issues without His gracious grace and the awesome ability He gives to defeat the enemy in our lives!  The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit have the power to free us spiritually, emotionally, and physically from the devastating effects of holding onto anger and hurt.

 

“Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil” (Ephesians 4: 26-27).

David’s prayer expressing hurt-“ I sink in deep mire, where there is not foothold; I have come into deep waters, where the floods overwhelm me. I am weary with my crying; my throat is parched; my eyes fail with waiting for my God” (Psalm 69:2-3).

 

 

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