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Genesis 4:6 (NASV) reads: "Then the Lord said
to Cain, 'Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen?'"
Oftentimes, people we see in
counseling struggle with anger. Anger dominates their life. For years
they have habitually walked in indignation and outrage. Their wrath has
released much destruction in their lives and the lives of others.
For some, their anger is bound up in
hurts which have not been comforted. These people need healing by the
Spirit of God.
But the anger of others is associated
with not getting their own way. Like Cain, they expect their way of life
to be accepted, approved, appreciated, and rewarded. But when what they
expect doesn't happen, they are enraged.
The problem is that they have not yet
truly yielded their way of life to Christ. They have not believed Jesus
when He said, "He who loves his life loses it..." (John 12:25). They
have not yet come to Him through the cross, giving up their rights and
expectations, dying to themselves so that they might live unto God.
Our work in counseling is to help the
angry person see and trust that God's way--the way of yieldedness,
humility, and repentance--is better. For God is still saying:
If you do
well, will not your countenance be lifted up. And if you do not do well,
sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must
master it (Genesis 4:7 NASV).
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