The Christian Bible contains so many pearls of wisdom and Sirach 27:30 – 28: 7 is a gem which contains very sound advice on anger and vengeance and goes thus –

Anger and wrath, these also are abominations, and the sinful man will possess them. He that takes vengeance will suffer vengeance from the Lord, and he will firmly establish his sins.

Forgive your neighbor the wrong he has done, and then your sins will be pardoned when you pray. Does a man harbor anger against another, and yet seek for healing from the Lord? Does he have no mercy toward a man like himself, and yet pray for his own sins?

 If he himself, being flesh, maintains wrath, who will make expiation for his sins? Remember the end of your life, and cease from enmity, remember destruction and death, and be true to the commandments.

Remember the commandments, and do not be angry with your neighbor; remember the covenant of the Most High, and overlook ignorance. Sirach (27:30 – 28:7)

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By Charles Anyiam-Osigwe

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