Friday, September 12, 2014


There are many ways to avoid getting angry in situations where it would be a natural reaction to do so. For me, if I am able to get away and just pull back, not taking offense, not wishing offense, not desirous of revenge, not seeking to justify myself, but just to retreat into silence and await the Lord's judgment: He lifts me up, He answers for me, He silences my mind and heart, He empties me of sorrow, and in the end, He shatters the bonds that hold me.

But I can do something else: I can take offense, I can react, I can seek revenge, I can try to justify myself, I can dig up history to add to my arsenal, and I can recklessly run into anger and, clothed with it, go to destroy the person or situation that I have convinced myself to hate. I will avoid silence because it might convict me. Noise, even mental noise, is better, anything is better than being a wimp and letting the other get advantage of me.

I am a simple man whom reading books will not help much. Only one word, one word only will do, and after that, silence.

He comes, He comes to judge the earth, to judge the peoples, to judge even me, with justice and truth.

Lord, have mercy!


Jeff Cronheim said...

Thanks for this post. My new job puts me into contact with hundreds of busy men and women every day, some of whom can be awfully snappish. I don't have the opportunity to pull back and reflect, so I've been saying the Jesus prayer throughout my shift. It's been a great help, and, Deo gratias, I take offense and react less and less every day.

Ρωμανός ~ Romanós said...

Yes, the Jesus prayer can be very effective in this situation, because no one ever says it without faith (I can't imagine) and faith is rewarded by increased perseverance and, in the end, perfect peace.