God tells us in the Bible to let go of anger: “Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Free yourself; it tends only to evil.” The Saviour warns us in harsh terms about the anger that gives rise to verbal conflicts and the use of offensive words: “But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother will be worthy of condemnation, and whoever says to him, ‘Fools,’ will be worthy of the fire.”
So it is not only the expression of anger that Jesus sanctions, but even thoughtful anger, for no one thinks evil without spoiling the heart in which God is supposed to dwell. Whoever believes in rage against his brother breaks a sacred bond between him and his brother. This bond is hard to restore because the devil of popularity, once he has entered the heart, devises many arguments in favor of anger to stop a man from reconciliation.
The sin of anger is a daily sin that we commit towards those close to us, friends, colleagues, and strangers we bump into on the street by chance. A moment’s anger, expressed in heated words towards one’s wife or husband, wounds a sensitive point in the relationship between the two. A word spoken in anger hurts just as severely as a physical blow.
How do I stop the spirit of anger?
The Christian must face anger with God’s help and free himself from its tyranny. As early as the 4th century, Evagrius Ponticus captured a specific anger feature: “the wine of devils.”
I read in an article that the angry man not only loses his self-control, as in alcoholic drunkenness, but this unnatural state is amplified from one moment to the next, like a swirling whirlwind, threatening everything in its path. The Egyptian priesthood teaches the Christian not to rely on his powers in the fight against the passion of anger but only on God’s help.
The Holy Fathers have shown that we often become angry when we are not satisfied by a particular passion, be it bodily, for example, greed. Or, more subtle, pride, vainglory. To free ourselves from the terrible power of anger, we must cultivate humility as much as possible.