This post is part of a 7-week blog series through the 7 Deadly Sins (Pride, Envy, Anger, Gluttony, Lust, Sloth, and Greed). The 7 Deadly Sins are traditionally acknowledged as root vices that provoke an array of sinful behavior. At no point does the Bible outline this particular list of seven sins, and yet Christians throughout history have found this framework to be helpful. In the end, the purpose of this blog series is to guide and grow our practice of private confession.
Heavenly Father, I am humbled by the knowledge that you see my every sin, that you know the full depth and width of my corruption. I confess to you my unrighteous anger. I stand guilty before you, my eternal Judge, and guilty before my fellow man, whom you have commanded me to love. My wrath exalts folly, stirs up strife, and causes much transgression (Proverbs 14:29, 29:22). My heart is murderous in its rage (Matthew 5:21-22). At the root of my sinful anger, I rebel against your Lordship and sovereign rule, for I lament and refuse to accept my own limitations, weaknesses, and finitude. I desire sovereignty for myself, that all others (including you, my King) might obey the capricious whims of my own vain attempts at achieving glory. Thank you for Jesus, who teaches me to accept my limitations, to anger justly and righteously, and to trust you in every circumstance. O God, make me a worthy temple of the Holy Spirit, and enthrone yourself again as the Sovereign Ruler of my life. Make me slow to anger, and produce in me the righteousness of God (James 1:19-20). Amen.