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Written by Deborah. Posted in Anger

God gave us emotions, even anger.  It is both useful and natural when it is consistent with the Word of God. When openly expressing our anger, our words to others who have wronged us must be words that help and edify them, not words that destroy, belittle or condemn.  Two wrongs do not make anything right. Our conversation should be directed toward solving the problem God’s way, not destroying the person.  Keeping this goal in mind, we should be able to rely upon the Holy Spirit and operate by the Spirit of God rather than through our fleshly feelings.  The more we renew our mind through the Word of God, the more we respond as God teaches us.  We must learn to respond and not react. The Bible tells us in Ephesians 4:26: “Be angry, and do not sin.”  Other verses such as Mark 3:5 and Psalm 7:11 also indicate that there is “righteous” anger. When anger explodes into an uncontrollable rage or spews out resentful and bitter comments, it becomes a sin which will result in a “root of bitterness” if not dealt with properly.  It becomes a sin when our words hurt other people. What Scripture Says “Therefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:19-20). “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice” (Ephesians 4:31). “Cease from anger, and forsake wrath, do not fret –it only causes harm” (Psalm 37:8). “But now you must also put off all these:  anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out your mouth” (Colossians 3:8). “An angry man stirs up strife, and a furious man abounds in transgression” (Proverbs 29:22). “Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, for anger rests in the bosom of fools” (Ecclesiastes 7:9).
How To Deal With Anger There are many ways people deal with anger.  One way is through violent actions or suppressing true feelings.  By pretending nothing is wrong is not God’s method of dealing with problems.  Confrontation in a Godly way is healthy to all relationships.  The person who holds his/her anger by slowly allowing it to build up inside sins just as much as the individual who may react violently. Healthy anger when kept in control can actually fire us up to fight for the truth in a situation and in the correction of injustices.  You must bring the feelings into the open where you can deal with them to properly process the emotion of anger.
The following guidelines will assist you in controlling anger.  
  1. Accept responsibility for your own actions and your own anger regardless of another person’s actions which may have triggered your response (Ephesians 4:26).
2.   Find a safe place to go to reduce unhealthy, angry feelings until a proper time to share in a constructive manner. It is sometimes extremely difficult to be rational when you are emotionally upset.  Learn to take a walk, go for a run, or find a physical activity that helps release stress.
  1.  Learn to honestly and openly express your anger without being manipulative and without accusing the person (Matthew 18:15).
  1.  Confess any sinful anger to God immediately.  The Bible tells us if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive (1 John 1:9).  Receive God’s release from this deadly sin:  “If we ask anything according to His will, He hears us” (1 John 5:14).
  1. Allow God the Father to fill you with His Holy Spirit so that you may think, feel, speak, and behave in accordance with His ways.  Your Heavenly Father will give the Holy Spirit to those who ask (Luke 11:13).
If you are reading this and have any bitterness or anger, we encourage you today to ask God to forgive you for any sinful anger and fill you with His love for those who may have hurt or wounded you in some way.  Then begin to thank God and give Him praise for the victory over anger.  Pray for those who have wronged you and ask God to bless them.  As you pray for them, you will begin to sense the love of God in your heart towards them which will bring healing.
Scriptures to read: Proverbs 14:17             He who is quick-tempered acts foolishly Proverbs 14:29             He who is impulsive exalts folly Proverbs 15:18             A wrathful man stirs up strife Proverbs 19:19             A man of great wrath will suffer punishment Proverbs 22:24             Make no friendship with an angry man  
God loves you so much and we love you.  Please give us the honor and privilege of helping you more.  Please feel free to contact our ministry for other resources or to invite us to conduct a seminar/conference on dealing with toxic emotions and on forgiveness. God bless you!

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