Bible Passage: James 1:19-20
Anger is an intense, negative and disagreeable feeling of annoyance and hostility against a person, situation or event. It is an aggressive dangerous emotion, which brings in its wake foolishness, irrationality and rudeness. It often leaves a trail of regret and sorrow. It could be spontaneous or grow slowly, gathering intensity and depth over time. It rests in the bosom of fools, Ecc. 7:9. Eph.4: 26 enjoins us to limit its duration to no longer than sunset. It is responsible for a lot of broken homes, fractured relationships and failed businesses. It has caused several health issues, and even death.
Expression of Anger
• Imploding: This is an internal explosion. Ruptured organs and poor health are direct consequences.
• Exploding: On the other hand, this is an external explosion leading to dangerous and violent behaviour, which causes vandalism, injury to persons, limb and life. This could impact the angry person or the object of anger. The Bible is full of advice and warning, Prov.25: 28, Gal.5: 21-24, Eph.4: 26-27.
Taming Your Temper
• Recognition and admission are the first important steps towards controlling anger. Getting away from the source of the anger and keeping quiet, holding your peace and immediate prayer will help subdue this ugly fruit of the flesh. Almost every one will have a reason or consider himself justified, but that does not make it right. Introverts can simmer in a vindictive quiet rage. God’s anger lasts a moment, while His favour lasts forever, Ps. 30:5.
• Quickly analyse the situation and remind yourself of the inevitable loss of advantage, when anger is in the driver’s seat. By remaining cool headed, you have denied Satan a platform, to steal, kill and destroy.
• Resolve your anger quickly, Ephesians 4:26-27 says “do not let the sun go down on your anger.” Resolve issues quickly. Nip grudges in the bud.
There are three practical steps you can take to control your anger: (1) Stop and think before you speak, Prov.15: 1. (2) Consider the situation from God’s point of view, Prov.12: 15. (3) Listen to the other party. Hear the other man’s view and perspective. You will not be “mad” in the mighty name of Jesus.
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