Freedom from Anger and Hatred
One of the books I have read this summer is Brene Brown's Rising Strong, which we had as one of our church Summer Books. In her chapter called “The Brave and the Brokenhearted” she quotes Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who has a lot to reflect on in the area of forgiveness. Quoting from his work The Book of Forgiving:
To forgive is not just to be altruistic. It is the best form of self-interest. It is also a process that does not exclude hatred and anger. These emotions are all part of being human. ...When I talk of forgiveness, I mean the belief that you can come out the other side a better person. A better person than the one being consumed by anger and hatred.... If you can find it in yourself to forgive, then you are no longer chained to the perpetrator. You can move on, and you can even help the perpetrator to become a better person, too.
There is so much anger and hatred being inflamed all around us. It takes work not to be consumed by it. I feel like I struggle each day to both care about the negative things being done and not be overwhelmed by the negativity of it all.
Together, we can encourage one another to look for hope, and to work for a society that is less angry and hateful. We have models for this – in scripture – and a teacher we know as Christ who gave wisdom in the teachings and in the way he lived. Being in a faith community where these values are lifted up is crucial to living “unconsumed”. Thank you for being that kind of faith community.
Posted on Thu, August 15, 2019
by Brenda Wheelock