Anger- a catalyst for cleansing

By Dave Henning / June 4, 2012

T. D. Jakes discusses the emotion of anger in Chapter 5 (“The Power of a Pure Heart”) of Let It Go.  He doesn’t assert that we shouldn’t be angry in the wake of an offense.  Quite the contrary, when we constructively channel anger, it can be “an incredible asset and a powerful catalyst to catharsis.”  To truly know God we must have a clean heart.  As Jesus said in Matthew 5:8- “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

Bishop Jakes likens anger to a smoke detector, calling our attention to an issue we must address if we want to survive and draw closer to the Lord.

Anger is not necessarily negative or destructive.  The key is our response to anger.  Bishop Jakes phrases it this way: “Anger isn’t a gift you should shun; you just have to be careful how you unwrap it.”

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