If all sin kills, anger is one of the most deadly. Let’s look at the deadly sin of anger. In this post, we’ll examine what the sin is, how it plays out in your life as a dad and how to eliminate it from your life using some realistic strategies, Scripture and prayer.
We wrote a full book called 7 Deadly Sins of a Disengaged Dad eBook because there’s a lot to cover about each sin. For now, let’s talk about anger.
What is anger?
Many of the dads we’ve heard from struggle with anger. This really ticks us off! In Genesis 4:6, God asks Cain, “Why are you furious?”. We must find the trigger for our anger. If God wants to find it, we should as well.
Have you seen a person so filled with rage they become a different person? I studied under Chuck Colson and then served as a writer and researcher on criminal justice at Prison Fellowship. One fascinating idea: the ‘crime of passion’ defense. Perhaps you’ve heard of lawyers arguing there was no malice aforethought, and instead the crime was committed in the “heat of passion.”
Depending on the judge and jurisdiction, a successful ‘crime of passion’ defense often successfully results in a conviction on a lesser charge. A classic example: the spouse who, upon finding his or her partner in bed with another, kills the adulterer. Now, murder is murder and simply because it’s done in passion doesn’t make it right. It’s still a crime committed. But, the fact that anger could well up in such a way that you act crazily is cause for conce