How many times have you seen someone get angry and tried to make them calm down? How many times have you gotten angry and felt guilty about your anger? I mean, isn’t anger a sin?
Actually, it isn’t. The sin occurs in what we think, say, or do while we are angry.
Ephesians 4:26 tells us, “‘In your anger do not sin’: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.”
A few tips for managing anger (using a fancy acronym):
- Accept that anger is a normal emotion. The feeling of anger itself isn’t a sin.
- Name the real root of our anger. Anger often comes as a result of other emotions, such as hurt or jealousy.
- Get moving toward a solution by finding out how to deal with anger. For you, this may be counting to ten or taking deep breaths. I find that it helps to drop everything and pray when I’m about to lose my cool.
- Embrace God’s power. Even though anger may be bigger than we are, God is bigger than all of our problems.
- Reach out for help. The people we respect are often the best source of wisdom for all aspects of life, but especially with emotion.
I’ll admit that having to control our anger and bite your tongue sometimes seems hard, and we sometimes don’t know why we should to do it. It’s honestly an attribute of wisdom; we know when to speak and when to stay silent.
Last, remember that we tend to be most irrational when we’re angry. That’s why we should learn to manage our anger. Imagine the hurt that might happen because of a lack of emotional management.
Oh yeah, a Bible Verse to end this positively:
God gives us grace through Jesus to make us patient and more like Him. What is God like?
The Lord is compassionate and gracious, Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness. (Psalms 103:8 NASB)
•The Jesus Freak Girl