“All these metaphors depict anger as a pressurized substance inside us. No doubt, these colorful depictions do capture how anger feels. But a metaphor is not meant to overpower the thing it intends to illustrate. Anger feels fiery, but it’s not a fire. The solution to sinful anger is not to surgically remove the furnace or to drink enough water to quench the flames! The solution is a moral one: to ‘turn’ from sin to God’s grace in repentant faith.”
David Powlison, Anger: Escaping the Maze (Phillipsburg, NJ.: P&R Publishing, 2000) p. 3. To obtain a copy of this very helpful booklet, call Resources for Changing Lives, 1.800.318.2186._________________
Brian Hedges is Senior Pastor of Fulkerson Park Baptist Church in Niles, MI.