Capsule for the Day
Resentment has Consequences
"Be angry, but don't sin. Commune with your heart in silence" (Psalm 4:4). We go through life facing all sorts of challenges. Many of these play on our nerves and make our blood to boil. We get angry because we can sense the injustice, the evil and the falsehood. The Psalmist tends to suggest it is ok to react to these negatives. But he warned us not to sin.
The question then is how can we be angry and not sin? The answer is in the next sentence. "Commune with your heart in silence". Some translations have "examine yourself". It is like when Jesus said "let anyone who has is no sin cast the first stone". Notice the Psalmist instructs us to do this in silence, which means that we should be calm, relax.
Why in silence? Anger when allowed to speak, it speaks resentment, which then leads to bitterness and many other grave consequences. On the other hand, "in silence" helps us to mourn. And what does Jesus say about those who mourn? "They shall be comforted"? So, while resentment has consequences, mourning has a blessing.
Fr. Francis Afu