What is your worst fear? Mine used to be fear of being widowed. Next came fear of being maid-less. So trivial.. this 2nd one. Am not proud of it… What makes you most angry? Mine… secret…
I am upset when I am criticized especially when I think I did right. It makes me angry when justice is not served – when the right is wronged and the wrong is declared right. When someone hurt me, I could be angry and/or I could be sad. Anger could embitter me. Or I could …wallow in self-pity.
One thing i observed from all these emotions – fear, anxiety, anger… they are like prison bars. When i let my anger turn to bitterness, I imprison myself in a state of self-righteousness and/or state of pathetic self-oppression. When I let anxiety overwhelm my every thought, I am in bondage to all negative possibilities and probabilities all for nothing because even as I worry about it, these worries might never come true. Even when I fret, worrying does not solve the problem.
So what to do? What is the antidote to anger, fear and worries? Paul said Rejoice always.
How do we choose joy? Here’s the formula.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4