Since earliest times anger has been of concern to religious people. Primitive rituals frequently centered around the problems caused by the anger of people or of the gods. Anger separated Esau and Jacob. Moses, in anger, smashed the tablets containing the Law. Saul threw a spear at David. And so on.

In our own time we continue to be concerned with anger because, as in Biblical times, there is still a lot of anger felt and expressed. Children angry at parents; parents angry at children; anger in the home; anger in the privacy of our own thoughts. Politicians angry at one another.

The Biblical attitude toward anger is quite realistic. On one hand, anger is recognized as potentially destructive. Admonitions directed toward the control of anger are recorded; as examples, “A soft answer turns away wrath” (Proverbs 15:1) and “…do not let the sun go down on your anger.” (Ephesians 4:26) and even at times as a divine attribute: “…God’s wrath has come upon them at last!” (1 Thessalonians 2:16). God is, however, also pictured repeatedly as being “slow to anger”, and Christians are encouraged to avoid angering either God or other people: “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger…” (Ephesians 6:4).

Couldn’t it be said that a better life is in store when these Biblical expressions are understood and practiced?………………….