Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured. – Mark Twain
I have a message for all you fellow gunnysackers out there. You know who you are.
In marriage, you avoid saying what needs to be said. You stuff your hurts like potatoes in a gunnysack – one at a time. Then you carry that sack around until you just can’t take it anymore.
Often, the littlest thing can be the final hurt that opens the bag … and then you dump them, every potato of pain, all at once. In a heated argument.
To all my fellow gunnysackers: This has to stop. Don’t dump the gunnysack. It hurts your spouse and causes more pain in your marriage.
Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 13:4-5,
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking …
And then Paul gets to two important clauses. The first reads: It is not easily angered.
Did you know the word easily isn’t in the original language? This verse simply reads: [Love] is not angered.
Love doesn’t explode; it doesn’t rage; it doesn’t dump the gunnysack. Love isn’t provoked or irritated or exasperated. You don’t get to the point of losing it and dumping the sack.
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