Friday, September 29, 2023

Yelchaninov: the triviality of anger

Friday, September 29, 2023
    Feast of Michael & All Angels
    “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.
    —Ephesians 4:26-27 (NIV)
    If you are seized with anger towards someone, try to imagine that both you and he must die; how insignificant his fault will then appear, and how unjust your anger, even if formally justified.
    ... Alexander Yelchaninov (1881-1934), Fragments of a Diary: 1881-1934, in A Treasury of Russian Spirituality, Georgii Petrovich Fedotov, ed., Nordland, 1975, p. 423 (see the book)
    See also Eph. 4:26-27; Ps. 37:8; Matt. 5:22; Col. 3:8; Jas. 1:19-20
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me to know Your presence when I am angry.
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