Free from the Stronghold of Rage

Rage demands its own way. It is always violently angry. It inflicts fear and terror in others. If it is allowed to become a stronghold  it will eventually push everyone out of its host’s life. Selfishness, jealousy, rebellion and offense can invite it in.

The face of rage is ugly and terrorizing. Posing wrestler depicting rage.

This stronghold can end our lives or keep goodness and love at a distance if it is allowed to continue. Job 5:2a For vexation and rage kill the foolish man.

Rage can be instigated by [vain] imagination. Thoughts of foolishness and selfishness can bring it on. It is paranoid. It perceives offense where offense may not be intended. Every part of its existence is grounded in selfishness.

When rage moves forward it does not take anyone or anything else into consideration except its own agenda. It has no compassion, no respect, no concern for the welfare or well-being of its host or those around its host.

If this stronghold of rage is not stamped out it will kill. It may not be the death of a human but it will be the death of something good — something the host does not want to, or should ever lose.

Rage assumes nothing exists but itself. Painting by Bob Bello.

5 Biblical tips to overcome rage:

1. Do not allow the stronghold of denial to cover over rage in your life. Be honest with yourself, God, and others.

Colossians 3:9-10 Do not lie to one another, for you have stripped off the old (unregenerate) self with its evil practices,10And have clothed yourselves with the new [spiritual self], which is [ever in the process of being] renewed and remolded into [fuller and more perfect knowledge upon] knowledge after the image (the likeness) of Him Who created it.

2. Try to understand why you are angry before it turns into [verbally or physically] foolish violence.

Luke 6:11 But they were filled with lack of understanding and senseless rage and discussed (consulted) with one another what they might do to Jesus.

3. When you feel rage trying to stick its ugly head into your life find a safe, quiet place and look to God for help before it moves in.

Hosea 7:16 They turn back, shift, or change, but not upwards [to the Most High]. They are like a deceitful bow; their princes shall fall by the sword for the insolence and rage of their tongue. This shall be [cause for] their derision and scorning in the land of Egypt.

4. Turn to God if someone has raged against you [especially for a foolish or nonsensical reason].

Psalm 7:6 Arise, O Lord, in Your anger; lift up Yourself against the rage of my enemies; and awake [and stir up] for me the justice and vindication [that] You have commanded.

5. Do not argue with fools or allow an argument to turn passionate. If someone you know is acting foolishly, back off– before you allow rage to take over your or their countenance.

Proverbs 29:9 If a wise man has an argument with a foolish man, the fool only rages or laughs, and there is no rest.

Job 31:12 For [uncontrolled passion] is a fire which consumes to Abaddon (to destruction, ruin, and the place of final torment); [that fire once lighted would rage until all is consumed] and would burn to the root all my [life’s] increase.

Written by Christian author, Pola Muzyka.

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  14. First of all, I don’t understand why the face of Triple H was chosen as the example of the rage face.
    Second, my personal opinion is that rage is required for men. It is the natural feeling and avoiding it may cause mental illnesses. This is the splash of energy, opposite to love, but it is natural feeling and there is no need to remove it from our mind.
    This is my own opinion.
    Thank you,

    • Hi there, vigorko,

      My family is from L’Viv. My grandfather was a professor there before he came to the U.S. in the early 20th century.

      That’s an interesting response. Anger is an emotion we are expected to have according to the Bible. But anger should only last until the sun goes down and never be infected with rage. Rage is anger out of control. In fact a person who is mentally ill can rage, but lack of rage will not cause mental illness. Rage can cause great harm to the person who rages and others. As for rage being natural, it might be for a person without understanding and without inner peace.

      The face I used was the face of a handsome entertainer mimicking the face of rage.

      God bless you much,
      Pola

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