From infancy on, anger is a constant threat that can damage each one of us in emotional, physical, and spiritual ways. Few learn how to handle it in a healthy manner and so our society suffers because of anger issues. Retaliation only ramps up the hostility while ignoring the issue turns the victim into a neurotic door mat. Today’s news, conversations with neighbors, and reports from our children will again be filled with episodes of aggression,antagonism, opposition, intimidation, and anger.
No wonder God insisted on that “Forgiveness Clause” in the Lord’s Prayer that nearly all Christians memorize as children and repeat daily. It ties our own forgiveness from Him to the extent of our willingness to forgive the ones who hurt us. May each of us who claim to be a Little Christ take that clause seriously, learn how to forgive instead of stuffing anger down below our conscious level, and truly forgive others no matter how often or how seriously they hurt us.
“And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”