Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Dealing with Anger

In the New Testament, in the book of Ephesians, chapter 4, verse 26 it says: “If you become angry, do not let your anger lead you into sin, and do not stay angry all day.” Anger is part of the emotions God gave us, so there is a purpose for our anger. Jesus Himself got angry. The problem is, our anger usually leads us to sin. For some it leads them to revenge, or to hurting others physically. For others it might lead them to speak harsh, hurtful words. Many people have trouble controlling their anger. But the good of our anger is that sometimes it causes us to act on something that we’ve been holding back on. Or it can give us the motivation to speak the words that need to be spoken. The challenge, is to not let your anger lead you to sinful action; to keep your anger in control. And even more, to seek to resolve your anger with another (“do not stay angry all day”). When we allow time to go by, and we stay angry, our anger usually turns into bitterness, or resentment, or hate. How do you respond when you get angry? Do you let your anger linger? Are you able to control your anger? Can you get past your anger? Here is a prayer that you might want to pray with me: "Lord, help me to know when to be angry, and how to respond in my anger. Help me to resolve the issues with those with whom I am angry. Amen