Friday, April 8, 2011

Dealing with Anger

"And don't sin by letting anger control you.  Don't let the sun go down while you are still angry..."
(Ephesians 4:26).

Anger is something that we all face.  It has the ability to motivate us to stand up and do the right things.  However, it can also, if not controlled, infect relationships, destroy confidence, break hearts, and be the source of great regret.  So, what are some practical steps that we can take to properly deal with our anger, not allowing it to take us to a place where sin gets the upper hand?

Purpose Your Perception - We see what we want to see. So many conflicts are a result of people fighting for the other person to see what they see, rather than trying to see what the other one sees. It's a matter of pride vs. humility, and when pride wins, everyone loses.

Tame Your Temper - It's true that some people know just how to push your buttons, but you have the choice what is released when those buttons are pushed. When anger is control, God is not.

Monitor Your Mouth - It's easy to respond out of our hurt, our disappointment, our bitterness and our rage. However, when respond out of our hurt, it's hard for anyone to really hear. Words can bless and words can curse, but they can't do both and honor God at the same time.

This IS an impossible task...on our own. But God gives strength, He gives grace, and He forgives when blow it and need to start again!

The below video is funny, and a great example of one who has allowed pain, bitterness, rage, irritation, and disappointment to infect their ability to rationally deal with conflict.  As your considering how to properly deal with your own anger, enjoy a laugh!

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