The Wolves Within
One day, an 8 year old came home from school very angry at his classmates because they had done him great unjustice and treated him unfairly.
His grandfather noticed that the child was very visibly upset. He saw the temperment beginning to turn into a violent rage as the boy would storm around the house throwing and slamming things around. The grandfather could not sit and watch the child continue to destroy the peacful environment. He walk over to the boy and said, "Son, come sit with me here on the couch. I want to tell you a story."
The two walked over to the couch. The grandfather sat up comfortably prepared to tell his tale while the boy sat slouched beside him. "Son, sometimes, I also become very angry about the injustices done to me. People treat me as if I don't know any better or as if I'm not equal to them. They mistake my kindness for weakness. They treat me so badly and have no remorse whatsoever for the wrongs they do." He puts his arm around the boy and pulls him closer to him as he continues, " But hate wears you down and does not hurt your enemy. It is like taking poison and waiting for your enemy to die. I struggle with these feelings many times."
Gently placing his fingers under the boys chin to lift his head up, he looks into the boys eyes, smiles and says, "It is as if two wolves live inside of me. One wolf is good and does no harm. He gets along with everybody, is joyful, uplifting and encouraging. He lives in harmony with everyone around him and does not take offense when the offense was not intended. He will only fight when it is right to do so and in the right manner."
Then with a scowl on his face and a deep voice says,"But the other wolf... ahhh! He is full of anger and rage! The littlest thing will set him into a tantrum! He fights with everybody, all the time, for no reason! He feels so much bitterness and hatred! He cannot think because his anger and hatred are so great! It is hard for me to live with these two wolves inside of me. They both try to rule my Spirit."
The boy intently looked into his grandfather's eyes and asked, "Which one wins, grandpa? The good wolf that does no harm or the other wolf that is full of anger?"
Solemnly, the grandfather looks at the boy and in a gentle voice replies, "The one I feed."
Ephesians 4:26-27 And "don't sin by letting anger control you." Don't let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil. NLT
God knows we will, at times. become angry. But He expects us to take a moment to clear our thoughts so that we can calm down and receive His Peace. Once we receive His Peace it opens up room in our hearts for His Love and His Forgiveness. Once we recieve His Love and His Forgiveness, then we are able to love and forgive others.
May you all have His Peace, His Love and His Forgiveness deep within your hearts. Be kind and understanding with one another. This is everybody's planet and we must all share it!