It’s hard to go through life without being in a situation that brings up the emotion of anger. Just the simple act of turning on the news causes anger to rear its ugly head. The headlines are often presenting the most recent act of injustices.
Most often, anger manifests from spoken words and then morphs into something physical. Both the verbal and physical outbursts are raw crude ways we most use to release this sometimes violent emotion.
The outbursts of this emotion can be changed. Like everything, it takes time, training, and a shift in the way we think and react.
In Ephesians 4:26 (MEV), we are reminded of three important things.
Be angry but do not sin. Do not let the sun go down on your anger.
- It’s okay to be angry. – Even Jesus got angry!
- Do not sin. – Don’t let your anger lead you to sin.
- Resolve your anger before the sunsets.
Anger can very easily cause us to sin, in our words, and actions. That is why we must learn how to manage and deal with anger every time the Lord provides us with such an opportunity.
Yes, that’s right. Those moments are opportunities for us to practice methods and techniques that make us better citizens of the Kingdom.
When we read the entire passage of Ephesians 4:25-32 (MEV), we learn what pleases God and how He instructs us to deal with anger.
Therefore, putting away lying, let every man speak truthfully with his neighbor, for we are members of one another. Be angry but do not sin. Do not let the sun go down on your anger. Do not give place to the devil. Let him who steals steal no more. Instead, let him labor, working with his hands things which are good, that he may have something to share with him who is in need.
Let no unwholesome word proceed out of your mouth, but only that which is good for building up, that it may give grace to the listeners. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, in whom you are sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, outbursts, and blasphemies, with all malice, be taken away from you. And be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you.
As we can see, its easier said than done, but that is why God gives us so many opportunities for us to improve our skills in managing anger and thereby becoming who He wants us to be.
Some have found expressing writing to be beneficial in how they process and deal with past situations that still make them angry when they think about it.
What if we applied the same process of expressing our angry thoughts and feelings by writing it down, and letting them go.
Think about how much more effective we would be in reacting when angry?