I began this morning in a bit of a foul mood and found myself snapping at family members, a fools folly. So, I took the time to look up some passages on anger and the above passage stood out at me.
Then I read the comments from "John Gills Exposition of the Entire Bible" about this passage and a whole bunch of things came into perspective about my own life.
I suddenly realized anger is not only a tool (and not a good one) used by me to manipulate other people, it is also an addiction. God do I need your help!! What a mess I am!
Anger feels like control and power, it gives satisfaction when others respond , it is a call for attention to my will and when others respond, and it really doesn't matter how they respond, it has a sweetness that , at least for the moment, is as pure as honey.
This emotion hurts others and is very unloving. And make no mistake it is an emotion that is based entirely on self. Self will run rampant.
Jesus commanded us to love one another, to place importance on others ahead of ourselves, anger is the exact opposite of this command. There must be a Godly kind of anger but I have not yet learned it, so that will be my prayer.
God, please break me of my self-centered anger. Show me, teach me how to use this instinct not for getting my way but for serving your purpose. God help me