Anger

Anger is "that which pains or afflicts, or the passive feeling which it produces: trouble, affliction, vexation, passion, rage, wrath, ire, hot displeasure."

Anger indicates a soul taint, and is a sin. The self combines resentment, impatience and irritation to result in anger. Self and thwarted ego are always the sources of anger, which is a sure sign that soul is not in charge. When you feel anger, a soul taint is rearing its head. When you act on that anger, you sin. You must offer the anger to God and ask for illumination on its root within you.












Edna Lister on Anger

Anger permeates the aura, changes its color and vibration, drags you down and all those whom you contact. By the exchange of life sparks [the smallest unit of substance, soul substance] in anger, you open yourself to infection. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Lectures, January 16, 1933.

Anyone who allows himself to be angry is open to being used by darkness. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Lectures, January 30, 1933.

Anger fills you with hell-consciousness, and you put yourself in the "house of bondage," in a prison of self, behind invisible bars. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Lectures, January 31, 1933.

The Lord ordered Gideon to tear down the altar of Baal and cut down the pagan grove on his father's land. By doing so, he greatly angered the neighboring Midianites and Amalekites. The lesson in this is clear. When you tear down false gods, you offend their worshipers, who turn on you. Today's false gods are materialistic and hedonistic, and their worshipers indulge appetitive soul. – Edna Lister, This One Thing I Do, February 12, 1933.

Anger is a direct line of contact between you and the other person or object of your anger. – Edna Lister, Power, March 8, 1934.

Spirit is a flame of life and Light. Quickened into anger, it becomes blazing hate, when it should be the blazing flame of glory. – Edna Lister, Divine Intelligence, November 23, 1934.

If you are lavish in condemnation, criticism, gossip, anger and impatience toward God, yourself and others, you create soul debts. Yet you must cover tomorrow's needs, and the evil you may have created by unwisely "spending" your soul substance today. – Edna Lister, The Eleventh Commandment, November 24, 1935.

When you judge another unjustly, you send a part of your own soul on a pilgrimage of darkness, and it may take centuries to recall it. If you express in anger or blindly make unjust accusations, you tear off a precious part of your soul and cast it into darkness. Even when the one accused is wrong, God wipes out his debt when he grieves about what he did or said, and sacrifices for the hurt and grief he caused. Why then, by your speech, put him in a place you yourself should occupy? Let us "forbear with one another." To "bear for" is its meaning. Vow never to cause a tear in another eye, or a hurt look on the face of one of God’s children. No justification is worth that. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 24, 1938.

Anger grows from irritation, impatience and the desire to retaliate. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 1, 1945.

Lift the persons who have despitefully used you. Every time you talk about them, you disturb them. The vibrations of the spoken Word are real. When you speak ill of someone, you grieve or anger them. If they speak ill of you, do not pity your self. You have not been used or treated worse than anyoone else. Everybody goes through about the same testings, one way or another. Every soul must suffer to know God. It is the only way back to Him. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 12, 1945.

A vitriolic tongue and judgmental condemnation will create all you say carelessly and in anger. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 14, 1947.

Today's answers are in a book that opens to your grateful praise. You can see, read and understand those answers for which you have praised enough. In other words, it does no good to become angry because you cannot find the answers in the back of the book. The keys to deciphering today's problems are on today's page. The rest is not there, you cannot see it, for you have not yet made yourself ready. – Edna Lister, Promises Fulfilled, March 4, 1948.

Using anger as a weapon when you cannot have your own way is a form of darkness that smacks of downright evil. Misuse of Power as anger ruins your vibration and destroys the lines of Light between souls. You exalt the one whom you have condemned. Further, you destroy the lines of Light God has built for your ascension. In one hour's madness, you can use all your vitality as anger, rebellion, resentment, and condemnation. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 19, 1948.

Treat your loved ones as newborns. When a baby is angry, you mother it. "Now look, this is quite enough. Let’s treat one another amiably." The Golden Rule is all you need to make a stand. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 15, 1948.

You can either explode with hate, resentment and anger because you did not get what you want, or use the keynote, "Let," and explode into creativity. – Edna Lister, Getting or Letting, Self or Soul, June 27, 1948.

Light not only absorbs darkness, but leaves the soul naked and exposed. Therefore, those who have lost their magnetic robe-of-self will always accuse the ascending soul of stealing his virtue. He must accuse another or acknowledge his own selishness. God must have someone to stir up the evil. You cannot see mud that settles. You cannot mop up hidden evil. The greater Power that has been released has agitated some beyond their ability to bear it, making those who will not give up self crazily angry at those who are surrendering. This is why so much hate is directed at anyone whose Light is unbearable. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 31, 1949.

Cleanse your mind and heart of all enemy thoughts. Assume blame for anything that has happened to you in the past. The law of forgiveness is the greatest aid in this: "Forgive me for arousing the other fellow to anger." – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 2, 1949.

It takes only half a brain cell to become angry; a jelly fish can get mad, but this is creature consciousness. Those who believe the world owes them a living are creatures. A creature likes to think he has so much to fight about. A creator is too busy working to waste time on anger. – Edna Lister, To Seek the Light, June 10, 1951.

Inner pressure builds when you feel "hurt." Open the safety relief valve, step up to where criticism cannot hurt you. Emotional hurts make many people angry. Soothe and calm the angered one with Light until glory covers and dissipates the anger. – Edna Lister, To Seek the Light, June 10, 1951.

Moses had to turn the realization of the Promised Land over to Joshua because he became angry. He had no right to even one personal feeling when he broke the tablets of law. He was the way-shower, so his work had to be greater than breaking the tablets, so he kept the law and accepted the penalty for his anger. His repentance and subsequent sacrifice of the Promised Land ascended him. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 14, 1951.

Whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. – Matthew 5:22 means that anger, slander, gossip and hate can kill, rendering you subject to the judgment. Every time you raise your voice in criticism, anger or ridicule, you invest soul substance in that person or condition. – Edna Lister, The First Days, June 17, 1951.

Anger is dangerous to your health: Anger is a killer that slashes the aura, attacks the weakest physical point of its target, creates the climate for disease, and the body may die. Anger reacts on more than the physical plane; it kills hope, love, the positive virtues and is a perfect way of slowly destroying yourself. – Edna Lister, The First Days, June 17, 1951.

In judgment, or what we call righteous indignation, you put on the black cloak of death (killing a vibration forcefully) and lose credits. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 21, 1951.

The use of force in any way is a sin against the Holy Spirit. When you use Mind, Substance and Power as force, you must pay it. No one can be freed from debts of force. For example, you use Power as force with pride, criticism, irritation, anger, etc. The law must send every particle of force back through your body to be lifted. You can declare that Light will melt and dissolve every black cloud, but not points of force. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 19, 1951.

When you are in the heart of wave after wave of Light-as-Power, it seems to drive the anger, and revenge ideas to the surface. Lift them. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 7, 1951.

You use Mind as thinking, but when your thinking is negative, you separate Power and Substance, creating force. When another explodes in anger at you, the Father uses this point of force to absorb darkness. The point strikes and you lift the rest. The heat of the love of God explodes evil. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 31, 1952.

Even righteous anger cuts off your conscious contact with Light. – Edna Lister, The Magic in the Sky, October 5, 1952.

You can break the habit of anger in anyone with one look. Ask for the flames of the Holy Spirit to descend and possess him. See him as a rare animal during his rage, and just look and lift. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 18, 1952.

Use only your moment of highest exaltation in love and devotion as your measuring rod to compare each action. Exchange anger for the point of melting surrender, since it is an equal distance to either point, high or low. This creates your conquering courage. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 3, 1953.

You dug a ditch many lives ago, which you have not filled yet. Consequently, you keep falling into it every month. The same old self-justification, make everybody else to blame, make ‘em wrong so I can be right. Then, self-righteous anger to cover up your own failure to dig out all self forever. You are now in your own right place doing God’s right work for you now. If this were not so, you’d certainly be somewhere else. This is law. Polish yourself right where you now are.– Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 13, 1953.

Only under anger and resentment do you fall to the chamber of chaos, the bottomless pit. – Edna Lister, Seven Degrees in the Great Pyramid, November 30, 1954.

When another is angry, see him step into a sphere of Light and watch the anger disappear as he forgets it. – Edna Lister, Heavenly Manna, August 14, 1955.

Slavery is bowing to a master or an enemy; be on guard that you do not become a slave to opinions, prejudices, pride, hatred, anger, self-pity, food, drugs or drink. – Edna Lister, Religious Slavery or Freedom, November 27, 1955.

Raise your arms at once under anger or any great surge of negative emotion. The sudden surge closes the lotus petals, but raising your arms in surrender to contact God reopens them with a burst of atomic power. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 28, 1955.

Every incident of anger, resentment and irritation uses more of your soul substance. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 14, 1956.

You blow up in temper, use the ax or the lash, from a deep-rooted revenge idea, born of desiring to avenge yourself on your "enemies." Ponder this, and make suitable self sacrifice. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 20, 1956.

To say, "I have never held a thought of revenge" opens the door to past anger you may have forgotten. – Edna Lister, Go Preach the Gospel, July 22, 1956.

Anger and resentment fuel boredom. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Lectures, December 15, 1956.

When someone throws backstabbing, angry words, wind your line of Light to him like a ball of yarn, and put it on the altar. Sit thou on My right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool. – Matthew 22:44. Call it good and God sends him a footstool on which to stand. As you lift your lines of Light, the Father places a cloud substance footstool under his feet. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 6, 1957.

God never records any stupid vow you make in anger, revulsion, repudiation or resentment, but the subconscious mind plagues you with guilt until you lift it. – Edna Lister, The Brain: Our Instrument of Power, September 24, 1957.

"I'm angry. I'm hurt." I'm is a contraction of I AM. With every such utterance, you clutter your mind, speech and the very atmosphere around you with curses. – Edna Lister, God as All the Little Things, November 24, 1957.

When you yield to enemies, you yield to anger that will serve you poisoned apples and spoiled gravy. – Edna Lister, God as All the Little Things, November 24, 1957.

When you are angry at someone or speak unkindly of them, you stamp our picture on their aura. – Edna Lister, God as All the Little Things, November 24, 1957.

You are cleaning up your soul debts in this incarnation. When you are angry at someone or speak unkindly of them, you stamp your picture on their aura. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 15, 1957.

If you descend in consciousness on anger, criticism, resentment, etc., you descend in the body. Do not alibi. Take the blame. Admit guilt and lift it high instantly. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 4, 1958.

Lift your anger so the Light will descend your spinal column with the adrenalin, to illuminate. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 13, 1958.

A real sacrifice is to recognize that you are angry when afraid, and lift it immediately. The adrenaline will trigger the white Light of the Christ to surround you and the heavens will open to you. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 22, 1958.

When God is indignant, it means it is time for us to pay your debts. – Edna Lister, Revelation: The Beast With Ten Horns, June 10, 1958.

Jesus taught the "turn the other cheek" law to the masses. When you walk the Path of Perfection, you cannot permit self to be hurt, angered or resentful. You see negative words or acts only as darkness to lift. If you take nothing as a personal affront to the little self, you will not need to turn the other cheek. Yet we must still teach the "turn the other cheek" method in training and lifting self to those not walking the Path of Perfection. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 28, 1958.

Subconscious mind cannot discern the difference between righteous indignation and passing judgment. The lid you put on temper can blow off under mere self-control. When you pass judgment in anger, you sit in the seat of the Almighty. When you declare that another has done wrong, your judgment goes no farther than the room you occupy and your own record. – Edna Lister, The Pioneering Mystic, May 5, 1959.

Kindness cannot endure in the face of its opposite, anger, which exudes a poison that goes directly to the weakest spot of your body. – Edna Lister, Idealization, May 10, 1959.

Anger eats on children and causes a congestion in the cells that can erupt immediately or five years later. – Edna Lister, Idealization, May 10, 1959.

Chronically angry people are unhappy and crystallized into living on a volcano of selfishness and twarted desires. They always blame the one who opens their cellar door and seek any excuse to deny the truth revealed. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 11, 1959.

The Elect are peculiar: They do not like to fight, and feel that if they ignore a problem, it will disappear. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 14, 1959.

When you curse in anger or hate, you use your own soul substance. – Edna Lister, Manifestation, May 24, 1959.

If you are filled with anger, hatred, resentment, opinions or prejudice, Light cannot water your Garden of Eden [brain cells]. – Edna Lister, God as Personality and Principle, June 9, 1959.

Become a peacemaker and pacemaker, and you can turn the anger of a professed enemy into wise counsel. – Edna Lister, The 33 Degrees of Soul Conquering, October 20, 1959.

If you are dilatory about lifting, misused soul substance may form an entity or "floater," an enveloping black cloud of darkness that may envelop you when you give in to criticism, envy, rebellion, anger, etc. (You can diagnose it in another when they usually seem "normal" but suddenly go "haywire" or "off" in anger.) – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 17, 1959.

God never records any silly vow you make in anger, revulsion, repudiation or resentment. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 28, 1960.

When you begin to slip with sharp words, anger or resentment, you upset your coordination with harmony. – Edna Lister, How Can I Help Myself, May 31, 1960.

So-called "righteous anger" is more dangerous than personal anger because it carries more force. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 27, 1960.

Some people, when they are angry or upset, make a magnetic wall of force around themselves. Pour out love enough to melt that magnetic wall. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 12, 1960.

Righteous indignation is good, if you really are righteous and cut off the indignation. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 27, 1961.

Parents anger their children when they don't live up to the ideals they preach. – Edna Lister, What Is Compassion, May 6, 1962.

(President Richard Nixon had cursed at a press conference.) God used him to cut hatred and treachery from crystallized hearts and minds through the nation. This was a great cleansing of the press. They gloated, glad he had disgraced and made a fool of himself. Thus, they opened themselves to the negative pole of a joy vibration, and the Master then cleaned house. God does not make a disintegrator, but He will use one who acts as such. A woman in the group was outraged at the press attacks on Nixon, and her anger brought the darkness together as a cloud entity to be lifted. Between Nixon and her, the Father used the masculine and feminine vibrations to cleanse men and women on earth. The law of anger releases evil, although it is the use of force, and one must pay a debt for expressing it. He who starts the thing sits on the blister. Personal desire for self aggrandizement gets them into trouble at the beginning. When another is angry about that anger – whether expressed through criticism, condemnation, recrimination, voicing it or writing about it – the Father uses this expression to consolidate all the first anger into a cloud entity to be lifted and cleansed. It is a dark force cleansed by pure Light. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 26, 1962.

Anger misuses Power as force. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 26, 1962.

A fanatic zealot is an amalgam of anger, a "holier than thou" attitude of self-righteous intolerance, self-appointed to hunt for evil and wipe it out to satisfy the desire to make the world perfect and eradicate anyone who deviates from divine law. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 7, 1963.

(Someone asked what to do about anger.) If you are following the Christ on the Path of Ascension, you may not take in anything that deals with personal disturbance, you may not recognize anything that disturbs –– hate or anger – in the other fellow. To you, it is not there. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 8, 1963.

When you must speak the word to divide light from darkness, make sure no anger or force resides in you when you take up the knife. Otherwise, it will return to you, without being lifted. The little bits of selfishness that each permits to remain allow darkness to enter. Lift the bits. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 5, 1963.

Watch carefully that no belligerency tinges your voice. It is so easy to have a bit of cheekiness, yet it may ruin everything that we have done for months in a day. Apologize and be sorry and be alert on it when you slip. Do not let it go by without acknowledgment and lifting. Watch your voice when speaking as you watch your words in writing. Let there be no trace of thinking of self. Do your best. Declare only good. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 15, 1963.

Do not tempt another to anger. Do not involve yourself with another’s anger; do not take it into yourself. This is one of the greatest laws. When another curses, lift instantly and remain in Light. Declare everything about it good This lifts the past. Never become involved in it or take it on yourself, meaning also that you may entertain no self-hurt, self-blame or self-criticism. Always lift all curses and substance the angry one scatters, to make it wholly of the Light. If anything in you blames or criticizes, he will remember that blame, and reopen the cesspool. Forgive and stop blaming others. You are your own delay, a cesspool of self. Self-excuses go hand in hand with blame, resentment and repudiation. It takes a month of devotion and prayer to overcome five minutes of interfering with his anger. Interference with another’s choices evokes waves of resentment from past ages and displays only your own self-aggrandizement and self-righteousness. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 16, 1963.

When you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place. – Matthew 6:6. To enter your room and close the door means to close out the sound of outer noise. The second step is to exclude emotional "sound waves," the pull of others' feelings, sorrow, anger or emotional pain. Then, close out their mental "sound waves," their conflicting or demanding thoughts. – Edna Lister, Eternal Youth Through Breathing, October 21, 1965.

The heat of anger welds the soul records to cells of the physical body. The treatment for the like vibrations of earth, caused by strokes and hardened arteries, is that the soul records in the neurons shall be loosened from the outer physical where the soul, missing the mark, has welded them, and that the individua draws the platelets to the medulla oblongata. The majority of platelets have been frozen along arteries [arterial plaque], and in some cases in varicose veins. Platelets clinging to arteries causes crystallized shrinking arteries and softening arteries [coronary artery disease and aneurysms]. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 9, 1965.

Speak emphatically on the right things at the right time, not when you are angry or irritated. Be emphatic in the love of God. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 27, 1966.

If you hang onto anger or resentment, you enjoy it, or you would give it up. You discard what you really dislike. Ignore whatever is ailing you; climb to the clouds to conquer. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 15, 1966.

Do not allow anyone who gets hotly angry to force you into a decision or response without proper prayer and solicitation of advice from the Father. If possible, defer any real action until you have a green light. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 7, 1968.

Anger merges darkness into a cloud entity for pure Light to cleanse. – Edna Lister, Conversion and Mysticism, June 9, 1968.

The Adept learns that control is the first step in soul conquering, and begins the process by controlling negative expressions (emotional jags, anger, etc.). – Edna Lister, From Osiris and Isis to the Pyramids, October 22, 1968.

Divine compassion needs no words for expression – it is from above. A glance sends forth compassionate restraint, needing no words when you think, "This person needs help." A kind glance penetrates his anger or irritation, while he can usually block a glare from his mind. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 2, 1970.

Every incident of anger, resentment and irritation uses more of your soul substance. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 20, 1971.

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Treatments for Anger

Surround the person with whom you are angry in love; take a deep breath, see the Master and say, "I pour out the power of Love." – Edna Lister, The Sermon on the Mount, January 31, 1933.

When another is angry, see him step into a sphere of Light and watch the anger disappear as he forgets it. – Edna Lister, Heavenly Manna, August 14, 1955.

Raise your arms at once under anger or any negative emotion, and your surrender will maintain your contact with God. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 28, 1955.

When you've had enough, say, "This is enough. If you want to act like a savage, go ahead. I love you, and I'll put my arms around you when you have finished." – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 28, 1957.

To cure a sharp tongue, stand before the mirror with your tongue out until it drips honey. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 4, 1960.

A peacemaker is a catalyst; when a peacemaker enters a room, the quarreling stops. Broadcast, "Let there be Light" in the middle of anger and curses. – Edna Lister, Do You Follow Your Path of Destiny, December 4, 1966.

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Divine Love

Edna Lister created this Bible study outline for August 26, 1934. Scripture: Hosea 11:1-9.

When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called My son out of Egypt. As they called them, so they went from them: they sacrificed unto Baalim, and burned incense to graven images. I taught Ephraim also to go, taking them by their arms; but they knew not that I healed them. I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love: and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I laid meat unto them. He shall not return into the land of Egypt, and the Assyrian shall be his king, because they refused to return. And the sword shall abide on his cities, and shall consume his branches, and devour them, because of their own counsels. And My people are bent to backsliding from Me: though they called them to the most High, none at all would exalt Him. How shall I give thee up, Ephraim? how shall I deliver thee, Israel? how shall I make thee as Admah? how shall I set thee as Zeboim? mine heart is turned within me, my repentings are kindled together. I will not execute the fierceness of mine anger, I will not return to destroy Ephraim: for I am God, and not man; the Holy One in the midst of thee: and I will not enter into the city. – Hosea 11:1-9.

This lesson describes three states of consciousness. First, Hosea is looking into the past, but finding nothing he recognizes.

I taught Ephraim also to go, taking them by their arms; but they knew not that I healed them. – Hosea 11:3. Ephraim was Joseph's younger son, brother of Manasseh, one of Israel's tribes. The root of the name means "bull," and implies "breaker" of law, or "violator," and its nature is headstrong, willful, rebellious and stubborn. Ephraim represents the English-speaking nations, which predominate in this characteristic of will, seeking recognition, but finding none.

How shall I make thee as Admah? how shall I set thee as Zeboim? – Hosea 11:8. Admah means "fixed idea," as in an opinion, or "mankind, and red earth." Originally, Zeboim may have meant "hyena, bird of prey, speckled or brindled in coloring," and symbolically represents the destruction of life.

Hosea is speaking for God here as if He were a man. Hosea's anger caused his own difficulty in comprehension, and subsequent misunderstanding. All the prophets of old tended to credit God with their anger.

You cannot know God unless you dedicate yourself to become like Him. What we call "being human" is living after an ages-old pattern, ready to drop family, friends, situations, and truth for greater freedom and comfort. If you are no longer responsible, your enthusiasm is dying.

In the second state of consciousness, you are thinking about loving and planning to love because love is overcoming even egocentric desire for recognition. Your enthusiasm for life is returning, and daily living is arousing your interest. You begin thinking about other and considering how the other fellow will react to what you say or do.

In the third state of consciousness, you give lavishly of your love, without desire for recognition or praise. You walk in in the Light, concerned with justice and balance, and the weight of transgressions, your and others' falls away. You become completely enthusiastic, enthralled with God because love is the divine tempter, sent to tempt you to serve God. You forget anything that is not good or pleasant to remember.

Moses led Israel for forty years, yet scripture never says that Moses' clothing or shoes wore out. Because Daniel was in step with God and out of step with "lion desire," the lions had no power over him. You must fall out of step with world ideas, and in step with divine Power.

So, linked to God, joined with Him as one, you become enthralled with the divine. You become tireless in your service, for time means nothing as you march on steadfastly. You love to the point of complete absorption, agreement and accord.

Anyone who is enthralled with "things" and the material side of life, is their slave and lives for them. If you are body-conscious, your body enthralls you. If your affairs become your life, they fascinate you. If the sound of your own voice enthralls you, you become a loudspeaker for self. If you are enthralled with your self, you are always playing to a grandstand.

Anyone enthralled with an idea becomes a success at it. Anyone enthralled with the idea of selfless service is successful, because Power doubles his ability. Anyone enamored with this divine love, which is Power, shall become a world leader.

Stop prowling for self-satisfaction in the outer. Begin searching for God's love on the inner.

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Fundamental Principles

Edna Lister created this Bible study outline for September 2, 1934. Scripture: Hosea 12.

Ephraim feedeth on wind, and followeth after the east wind: he daily increaseth lies and desolation; and they do make a covenant with the Assyrians, and oil is carried into Egypt. The Lord hath also a controversy with Judah, and will punish Jacob according to his ways; according to his doings will he recompense him. He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and by his strength he had power with God: Yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed: he wept, and made supplication unto him: he found him in Bethel, and there he spake with us; even the Lord God of hosts; the Lord is his memorial. Therefore turn thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgment and wait on thy God continually. He is a merchant, the balances of deceit are in his hand: he loveth to oppress. And Ephraim said, Yet I am become rich, I have found me out substance: in all my labours they shall find none iniquity in me that were sin. And I that am the Lord thy God from the land of Egypt will yet make thee to dwell in tabernacles, as in the days of the solemn feast. I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets. Is there iniquity in Gilead? surely they are vanity: they sacrifice bullocks in Gilgal; yea, their altars are as heaps in the furrows of the fields. And Jacob fled into the country of Syria, and Israel served for a wife, and for a wife he kept sheep. And by a prophet the Lord brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he preserved. Ephraim provoked him to anger most bitterly: therefore shall he leave his blood upon him, and his reproach shall his Lord return unto him. – Hosea 12.

This lesson highlights four ideas. First, "I am" is speaking to the intellectual self, the prophet to the people.

Second, intellect is speaking to "I am," the people speak to the prophet.

Third, "I am" is telling the intellect, but the prophet is telling the people.

Fourth, Jehovah is warning of hidden things.

Four ideas are embodied in two words, loyalty and obedience. To illumine the way to truth, your torch must be lighted. Browning wrote of truth as "imprisoned splendor."

Truth is within ourselves; it takes no rise
From outward things, whate'er you may believe.
There is an inmost centre in us all,
Where truth abides in fulness; and around,
Wall upon wall, the gross flesh hems it in,
This perfect, clear perception – which is truth.
A baffling and perverting carnal mesh
Binds it, and makes all error: and to know
Rather consists in opening out a way
Whence the imprisoned splendour may escape,
Than in effecting entry for a light
Supposed to be without.
Robert Browning, Paracelsus

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Stories That Illustrate Anger

Cain and Abel: And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord. And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.

And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper? And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground. And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand; when thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth. – Genesis 4:1-12.

Meribah, the Waters of Strife and Moses' Anger: Then came the children of Israel, even the whole congregation, into the desert of Zin in the first month: and the people abode in Kadesh; and Miriam died there, and was buried there. And there was no water for the congregation: and they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron. And the people chode with Moses, and spake, saying, Would God that we had died when our brethren died before the Lord! And why have ye brought up the congregation of the Lord into this wilderness, that we and our cattle should die there? And wherefore have ye made us to come up out of Egypt, to bring us in unto this evil place? it is no place of seed, or of figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates; neither is there any water to drink.

And Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they fell upon their faces: and the glory of the Lord appeared unto them. And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink.

And Moses took the rod from before the Lord, as he commanded him. And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock? And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.

And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron, "Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them." This is the water of Meribah; because the children of Israel strove with the Lord, and He was sanctified in them. – Numbers 20:1-13.

They [the tribes of Israel] angered Him [the Lord] also at the waters of strife, so that it went ill with Moses for their sakes: Because they provoked his spirit, so that he spake unadvisedly with his lips. – Psalm 106:32-33.

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New Testament on Anger

Whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. – Matthew 5:22.

Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. – Ephesians 4:31-32.

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Old Testament on Anger

He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly. – Proverbs 14:17.

A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. – Proverbs 15:1.

A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife. – Proverbs 15:18.

He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city. – Proverbs 16:32.

The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression. – Proverbs 19:11.

Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous. – Proverbs 27:4.

An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression. – Proverbs 29:22.

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Anger in Other Sacred Writings

Do not rise up in anger at the presence of an injurious person, lest he lie in wait to entrap you in your words. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 8:11.

It is much better to reprove, than to be angry secretly: and he who confesses his fault shall be preserved from hurt. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 20:2.

As the impulse of anger against evil, so is the impulse of joy over what is lovely, and brings in of its fruits without restraint. – Odes of Solomon 7:1.

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Etymology of anger: Latin angere, "to strangle, torment."


Anger indicates a soul taint.

Anger is a sin.


Quotes

Anyone can become angry – that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way – this is not easy.
Aristotle

When angry, count ten, before you speak; if very angry, an hundred. – Thomas Jefferson

Whate'er is begun in anger, ends in shame.
Benjamin Franklin


References

Aristotle. Nicomachean Ethics. W.D. Ross, translator. New York: Random House, 1941.

Franklin, Benjamin. Poor Richard's Almanac. Waterloo, IA: U.S.C. Publishing Co., 1914, no. 468, 46.

Jefferson, Thomas. Letter to Thomas Jefferson Smith, February 21, 1825.

The Compact Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary: 2 volumes. E.S.C. Weiner, editor. Oxford University Press, 1971.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

The Nag Hammadi Library. James M. Robinson, editor. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1981.


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