Continuing his discussion of anger in Chapter 5 of Let It Go, Bishop Jakes describes the negative consequences of anger harbored for extended periods of time, long after its potential usefulness has run its course:
1. Internalizing a deep, brooding seething anger for too long a period puts our bodies in a constant state of stress. As the phrase ‘blind rage’ implies, we lose the ability to see with clarity and no longer look at the big picture.
2. Deep-seated anger may very well limit our effectiveness. We may be using a small fraction of our God-given talents and abilities because the majority of our energy is being used to fuel our anger.
3. Failing to understand that God can bring blessing out of the greatest adversities in our lives, we don’t recognize that this time is a wonderful opportunity for transformational growth.
Ephesians 4: 26-27: “In your anger do not sin . . . and do not give the devil a foothold.”