“Some people remind me of a little boy that that I once heard of. He got in trouble and his mother put him in the closet to think it over.  He spit on everything…his mother’s dresses, his daddy’s suits, the shoes, and the wall, even the light socket! After a while his mother opened the door and asked , ‘what are you doing?’ He replied, ‘I’m waiting on more spit.’”

(from sermon by J.G. Tharpe. “Turning Bitterness Into Sweetness.” Soul Winning.
Vol XXIII # 4. Fall – November 1987, pp. 1-2)

How many of us are like that little boy?  When we are faced with disappointment and crisis we can fill the heart of our house with the garbage of bitterness.  We forget God in the moment and lose the sweet smelling aroma of His presence. 

We are so angry that we settle into a rotten attitude that takes root.  Does that mean that we shouldn’t be angry?

No, anger has a place in our lives.

Anger is a divinely implanted emotion. Closely allied to our instinct for right, it is designed to be used for constructive spiritual purposes. The person who cannot feel anger at evil is a person who lacks enthusiasm for good. If you cannot hate wrong, it's very questionable whether you really love righteousness. 

Dr. David Seamands.

We are angry when we feel powerless and vulnerable.  Anger is a signal that you are in need of God’s help.

If you give in to hopelessness and bitter despair, you will be grounded.  Bitterness will get you nowhere.