Divorce is not a Dirty Word

Week Three Day Five

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5

I grew up in a household where everyone pretty much got along most of the time. It was the other part of the time when things got rough.

It seemed every payday my stepdad and my mother got drunk. Within hours it wasn't unusual to hear screaming and cursing coming from the house. They fought with words, fists, and anything else they could think of. The fights weren't funny then, but looking back they are pretty comical. Yet, because of the angry words and fights, I was unable to express anger for years.

I carried within me a fear of losing total control if I ever let my anger show. I must admit that several times it has happened. When I held in my anger I became depressed. They say depression is anger turned inward. So, what are we to do with our anger? We are to work it out and when we can't, we do as today's scripture implies. We learn to control our thoughts by learning how to handle the stress of pain and anger.

When you reach a point where you can honestly realize know in your heart that Jesus Christ endured a suffering far worse than what you have experienced, you will have the freedom of self-control.

Again, this doesn't mean you become a passive, wimpy person. Instead, you will be a person who is able to confront your anger and the person who hurt you in love. Yes, it takes time. Yes, it will come. Yes, God's grace will cover you until that time. Never forget His love for you.

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