Poet and author Maya Angelou (1928-2014) on how to find value in anger:
“I believe in anger. Anger’s like fire, it can burn out all the dross and leave some positive things. But what I don’t believe in is bitterness. Forgiveness is imperative because you don’t want to carry that weight around, who needs to? And it will throw you down. It doesn’t help you to live life. I don’t make myself vulnerable if I can help it.”
(Source: Voices of Powerful Women)
Anger and bitterness have interesting distinction. Jesus’ righteous anger reminds us not to sit at the tables he tipped over.
“You have heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’ But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment!” Jesus