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It’s easy to see the connection between anger and stress in people. Those who deal with a lot of anger and choose to hold onto it typically also feel very stressed. The message of this study is not that we should never get angry. Rather, it’s that we should stop holding on to anger—stop carrying it with us.
Contrary to popular opinion, anger does nothing to address injustice. Rather, anger clouds our judgment when we are attempting to deal with injustice. There is a way to stand up for injustice without giving into anger. There is also a way to forgive others while still standing up for justice.
Being unoffendable involves constantly reminding ourselves that we don’t deserve God’s forgiveness—and yet God has chosen to forgive us anyway. Gratitude and anger cannot coexist. Neither can thankfulness and anger. It’s either one or the other, and we have to choose.