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Underdeveloped Heart

Anger is a useful diagnostic tool.  When anger erupts in us, it is a signal that something is wrong.  Something isn’t working right.  There is evil or incompetence or stupidity lurking about.  Anger is our sixth sense for sniffing out wrong in the neighborhood.
What anger fails to do, though, is tell us whether the wrong is outside us or inside us.  We usually begin by assuming that the wrong is outside us — our spouse or our child or our God has done something wrong, and we are angry.  That is what Jonah did, and he quarreled with God. But when we track the anger carefully, we often find it leads to a wrong within us — wrong information, inadequate understanding, underdeveloped heart.

— Eugene Peterson, Under the Unpredictable Plant: An Exploration in Vocational Holiness (Eerdmans, 1992), p. 157.