My anger or “to the praise of His glory”
Why am I angry? Am I reverting back to the old controlling me? This morning, I became angry after someone hurt me. I just realized that I had no place to go with my anger and so I kept it within although outwardly I appeared pleasant. This was a pattern of living that led to my burnout and depression of a few years ago. Now, I can and will tell this person that they hurt me earlier and how they did so. Am I okay with their lack of response? Am I okay with being ignored or by being blown off? There is something here that the Lord wants to work on.
I was just reflecting on Ephesians 1:1-11 and what struck me was the repetition of “to the praise of His glory” in 6, 12 and 14. I was chosen, adopted, redeemed, forgiven and given hope in christ and the indwelling Spirit and the reason: ITS ALL ABOUT HIM–“to the praise of His glory”. On a side note, I really don’t like that song that ends with, “you took the fall and thought about me, above all” Wrong!
I realize (once again) that anger often results in me when I think and act like it is all about me. Lord, forgive me–how often my life is lived–not to the praise of Your glory but for my pleasure, comfort, insecurities, fears. I perceived that my rights were violated today and I became angry which only reveals that it was all about me at that point. Thank you God that there is ongoing redemption, forgiveness and hope in Christ. To the praise of His glory!!!