‘…Anger resides in the lap of fools.’ Ecclesiastes 7:9 NIV
The word ‘anger’ is just one letter short of the word ‘danger.’ When you lose control you risk losing other things as well, like the respect of others or the chance to find a constructive solution. Anger toward human suffering is not only appropriate; it’s the catalyst for change. Paul writes, ‘Be angry without sinning. Don’t go to bed angry.’ (Ephesians 4:26 GWT) There’s a saying: ‘Anger is the wind that blows out the lamp of the mind.’ So: (1) Before you react, take a walk It burns off excess adrenaline and it’s more effective than stewing. It also helps you to think more clearly and handle things in a way you won’t regret. ‘A quicktempered man does foolish things…’ (Proverbs 14:17 NIV) (2) Recognise the things you can‘t control You can’t control other people’s attitudes and actions, or unforeseen events such as cancelled flights and traffic jams. ‘What should I do?’ you ask. Count your blessings, particularly the fact that you have God, salvation, your health, your family, your job, and a car to get to it, etc. (3) Be careful where you vent It’s one thing to be angry; it’s another to ‘sound off’ at the wrong time. ‘A fool gives full vent to his anger,11 but a wise man keeps himself under control.’ (Proverbs 29:11 NIV) It’s ok to share your feelings with those you trust and who are not the targets of your anger. But be careful, your words can come back and bite you! (4) Keep your distance from angry people The Bible says, ‘…do not associate with one easily angered.’ (Proverbs 22:24 NIV) Anger, like joy and gratitude, is contagious, so keep your distance.
SoulFood: Acts 8-9, Mark 3:28-35, Ps 130, Pr 10:24-26
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