I grew up in a home where anger was repressed and hurt didn't exist if you didn't acknowledge it. Now I'm an adult and you would think I would give myself permission to feel whatever the hell I want, but sadly no. I am so confused about how I feel.
On one hand I know God created every emotion within me. On the other hand I'm pretty sure that I think somewhere deep inside of me that my emotions are still not ok. I grew up on this.......
James 1:19-20 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.
Ephesians 4: 31-32 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Ephesians 4:26-27 “In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold."
One will tell me that because of the last verse it is ok to be angry as long as you don't sin. Another will tell me that anger is a sin because of the verses that say to get rid of anger. And I'm confused. I hear my parents in my head telling me that my anger is a sin, that it is unjustified, that I'm just too sensitive. I hear in my head that I'm not allowed to feel.
But then I also know I need to feel in order to heal. And God created me and my emotions. He must have intended that I would feel those emotions if He created them in me. Right? So why does it feel like a betrayal to myself to feel angry?
The anger has been ebbing and flowing. I'm not sure how much of it is natural progression and how much of it is being uncomfortable with the intensity of my emotions and stuffing them down again. Anger scares me. It scares me when I see it in others and it TERRIFIES me in myself. How do I get angry and not sin? I've been brought up to believe that anger in and of itself is a sin. Where is the line between being angry and sinning? Is it wrong that I am starting to feel angry now?
Hubby tells me that there is a lot of anger that I suppress. When I tell him I'm frustrated, or even when I graduate to anger, he is never as surprised as I am. He can't believe it has taken me this long to get angry over some of the things that I realize I am angry over. He also says that of course the feelings are overwhelming; I've been denying them my entire life and now they want out!
What's a good girl to do with negative emotions? Why do they still feel so wrong to experience?