In life we will encounter angry people. King Solomon understood this when he wrote, “Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.” (Proverbs 29:11, NIV) Like most of us I have encountered angry people. When possible I prefer to avoid such individuals. However, there are times I am unable to completely distance myself from them.
One example was “Mark” who was a member of a Homeowners Association who had a lot to say about many things. In some meetings he would become belligerent to the point that most in the neighborhood didn’t want to deal with him. In the vacuum that occurred when others failed to step up, Mark would decide issues for everyone else. This was unacceptable to me. While there were times Mark was correct, there were enough times he was wrong. On several occasions when I stood up to Mark, he turned his anger toward me. While I didn’t enjoy being his target, I tried to respond appropriately. I continued to challenge the way he used anger to decide issues for everyone.