The impact of anger on fortitude
By Iwillnot
12/11/2009 11:00:41 AM
Hello everyone.

Yesterday I was playing sports and, as with most guys, I let myself get too competitive. I responded with anger at one particular moment, nothing bad, no fights or anything. I just gave in to anger more than I usually do.

Anyways, when I woke up this morning I Could feel much of my defenses against temptation were down. This was surprising, because I've enjoyed such a sweet companionship with the Spirit this past week that temptation really hasn't been a problem. After doing a quick inventory, I realized it was this moment of anger that lowered my defenses.

I can't help but find this interesting. I wouldn't have thought that a moment of lost temper during sports could lead to temptation, but it makes sense. Any lack of discipline in one area can lead to weakness in others. There is something about the will of the spirit mastering the will of the flesh(in all areas) that gives us the strength to overcome s--ual temptation. I'm glad I know this now, though I suppose it is obvious to each of you. I have taken steps to overcome it next time.

I am proud to say I am still clean, though. 9 days and counting.


"Good work on nine days of sobriety! The first week of staying clean is always the hardest part for me, so things will hopefully get easier for you as time goes by.

I'm sorry to hear you're having a hard day, but I can promise you that today can be a good day as long as you turn it over to the Lord. I have noticed in my own recovery that the Lord is more than willing to give me an extra portion of His Spirit if I humbly admit that I'm not strong enough to stay clean on my own, and I ask Him for help.

You made a great choice by taking a step back and trying to figure out why you are having such a hard time. Once we understand what triggers our temptations, life gets a lot easier.

I hope you find the strength to remain clean and resist temptation. I'll be sure to pray for you throughout the day."
posted at 13:41:07 on December 11, 2009 by ETTE
"That's very good insight, Iwillnot. Thanks for sharing."
posted at 10:15:41 on December 12, 2009 by BeClean

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"I will speak briefly of the principle of repentance. How grateful I am for the understanding we have of this great principle. It is not a harsh principle, as I thought when I was a boy. It is kind and merciful. The Hebrew root of the word means, simply, "to turn," or to return, to God. Jehovah pled with the children of Israel: "Return . . . and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful . . . and I will not keep anger for ever. Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the Lord thy God." When we acknowledge our sins, confess them and forsake them, and turn to God, He will forgive us."

— Richard G. Hinckley

General Conference April 2006