As a teen and young(er) adult one of the biggest things I struggled with was anger. This, contrary to what we might want to believe, has never been constructive or righteous, but has always been about my own need to feel secure or in control. Anger is a kind of protected sin in our culture. We have a superhero whose power is fueled by getting (or more recently always being) angry. We’re told not to repress our anger, but to express it. We even read it into the story of Jesus cleansing the temple when the text never mentions that he was angry. But the earliest Christians would have had a different opinion than we do.
I was convicted and motivated when I read Meg Funk‘s summary of the Desert Father’s teaching on the issue.