Anger and jealousy are common to all men, but they come with a terrible price tag.Â We see this clearly in the life of King Saul.Â It seems that the person that â€œset offâ€ Saul the most was his young protÃ©gÃ©, David.Â From Davidâ€™s very first exploits as a warrior, Saul grew increasingly jealous and angry.Â Saul would continually bounce back and forth from trying to kill David and then apologizing for his anger.
Part of the price of Saulâ€™s anger was paid directly by David.Â He became a â€œman on the runâ€, to the point where he had to run right out of the Promised Land and hide out with the Philistines (1Sam. 27) in order to escape Saulâ€™s wrath.Â David was Saulâ€™s best asset, and yet Saul drove him away because of his uncontrolled anger and jealous.
Another cost racked up by Saulâ€™s anger was his own further alienation from God.Â As Saul faced his final battle with the Philistines, he tried to ask God for help, but for some reason God wasnâ€™t answering him.Â Saul ended up abandoning Godâ€™s methods of help and reached out to the devilâ€™s methods by contacting a medium for help (1Sam. 28). Sometimes my own blind rage causes me to do things that are nothing but catastrophic to my walk with God.
Paul wrote, â€œBe angry, and do not sinâ€ (Eph. 4:26).Â We canâ€™t always escape being angry, but we do have a choice of what weâ€™ll do with it.Â Are you driving others away with your anger? Do you realize how your anger damages your relationship with God? Repent.Â Ask God to show you what to do with your anger.Â Itâ€™s okay to take it out on the tennis ball, but not on your friend.Â Study, learn, and practice mercy.