Ancient Wisdom on Anger

中文:Chinese Version

“The person who practices fasting but allows his or her thoughts to be inflamed with anger is like a ship sailing in the open sea with a demon for a pilot.”

— Slightly edited from PHILOKALIA (reference below)

This ancient Christian wisdom says it is possible to be involved with spiritual disciplines — which can be good in themselves such as fasting — but be inflamed by destructive emotions such as anger.

Reading these words reminded me of how I can become inflamed with righteous indignation against injustice and evil, and unwisely allow my thoughts to drift over the line into wrathful, destructive anger.

When I come to my better senses, I realize that my wrath did not accomplish what God wanted. And I see that I have squandered time, as well as emotional and spiritual energy.

Coffee ThoughtCoffee/tea thought: “Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.” — James 1.20 NLT

John

Ref: PHILOKALIA is ancient Christian wisdom compiled over about a thousand year period, from the 4th or 5th century to the 15th century AD. Philokalia means Love of Beautiful/Good, from Greek “phila” (love) and “kalia” (beautiful, good).

May 17th, 2018

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