«He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city» (Proverbs 16:32).
Robert Bruce Banner was a scientist who worked for the United States army. One day, while testing the gamma ray bomb, one of his recent inventions, a young man named Rick entered the testing area. When he noticed what had happened, Bruce tried to save him seconds before the explosion by pushing him into a ditch, but that exposed him to the radiation emitted by the bomb. A strange combination of gamma rays, along with the accidental presence of artificial antibodies in the organism, the result of testing in nanotechnology labs, give way to Hulk, an incredibly strong monster with disproportionate morphological dimensions, with a greenish hue, which the young scientist turns into every time he’s exposed to situations producing fury, impotence and fear. When he’s Hulk, he destroys, flattens and crushes everything in his path without hesitating. Against all reason, he not only keeps, but also displays a strange sense of morality which places him in the team of superheroes who fight against evil and makes him a member of the Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
Do you really think anger can yield good results in your life, to the point of making you a superhero? Can an angry youth best face the challenges he’s faced with? Is anger the best way to make proper decisions? The thing is Hulk solves his big problems through a chaotic alteration of his emotions. His stories teach us that violence, irritability and bad mood are an acceptable way to solve life’s daily problems.
The Bible advises against Hulk’s method. It rather affirms that it makes any situation worse: «Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil» (Psalm 37:8). When you’re angry, you’re not able to make the best decisions and you don’t express yourself in a sensible way. You only react to the circumstances. More than once I’ve witnessed unfortunate scenes of people, invaded by anger, acting in an impulsive way, which got them into big trouble. That’s why it’s better to be patient than brave. It’s better to have self-control than to pretend to be a superhero. Anger has a very high physical, mental, spiritual and social cost in a person’s life.
Ask the Lord to help you develop patience in your life and control your impulsive attitudes.