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Anger is usually framed as a negative and destructive force. And when it’s fueling our selfishness and pride, it is just this. But at other times anger proves to be an energizing life force for good.

Of course, it’s easy to think of examples of anger getting the best of us and causing harm. But this might say more about our heart attitudes and level of maturity than anger itself. To be sure, anger can be a force for good when it’s used to motivate our acts of love – taking action to correct the wrong and create the space needed for the glory of God’s kingdom to be displayed more fully.

For instance, it’s anger that gets us off of the sidelines when we see our communities becoming barren wastelands. We can no longer stand by idly without finding a way to make a difference.

It’s anger that also gives us the inner resolve to keep fighting for our marriage even when it’s not fair, because we refuse to let evil seduce us into taking the easy way out. We cannot stomach letting anything break up the union God has brought together.

Likewise, it’s anger that causes us to rise up as a fierce protector when we see culture poisoning the minds of our family and friends. We can no longer tolerate evil taking up residence in our homes and so we do something about it.

Whatever it looks like, as a force for good, anger motivates us to make things right – building homes and communities that are more humane, just, and beautiful.

In the end, don’t misuse anger and allow it to cause harm. Use it instead as a force for good – motivating you to act and bring more of God’s kingdom throughout your life and relationships.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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