Anger

Victory over anger is one of the greatest victories of a soldier of Christ. We generally become angry either at those we wish to turn back from sin, or at those who slander us. However, in doing so we forget that anger is a mortal sin, and in desiring the salvation of others we lose our own, according to the words of St. Macarius. Anger against our enemies is usually tied to another evil impulse, the desire for revenge. St. Eupsychius so overcame the passion of anger in himself, that before his death, he gave one portion of his great estate to the poor and another portion to his slanderers, because of whom he was being tortured and slain. He considered his slanderers as his benefactors. St. John Chrysostom writes: “Let us clip the wings of anger, and evil will not rise high. Anger is an evil sickness that can destroy our souls…. Anger is a terrible fire which devours everything…. If an angry man could see himself at the moment of his anger, he would need no other counsel not to become angry–because there is nothing more unpleasant than an angry face.” Abba Ammon confessed of himself: “I spent fourteen years in Scetis, praying to God day and night, to give me victory over anger.” The Prologue, September 7th

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2 thoughts on “Anger

    • Indeed, you are right.

      The Scriptures warn us, however, about anger. I believe that is the point. Bishop Nikolai, the author of The Prologue, is warning against overconfidence and presumption when it come to anger. We cannot toy with anger. After all, we are not the best judge of the righteousness. Sin has a way of camouflaging itself. I think it is, for me, the best course to leave anger alone.

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