Anger, By Rick Laing

Anger is something with which we all have to deal. If we do not, it destroys us. Can I overcome the urge to be angry? Is it possible to be in control most of the time, or all of the time? Anger is a human problem, and scripture directs us in many fine verses. Here are a few things we can consider:

1. Commit yourself to putting away anger. Colossians 3:8 commands us to do so.

2. Call for the Lord’s help in prayer (Phil. 4:6).

3. Compare your anger with that of Jesus (John 8:48). He was angry with people who insulted God, not with those who leveled insults at Him (Jesus).

4. Consider your petty concerns in the light of the final analysis, God’s judgment (1 Cor. 5:10).

5. Carefully and cautiously react to explosive situations (Prov. 15:1).

6. Incorporate kindness with every action and reaction (1 Cor. 13:4).

7. Calculate the high cost of an angry outburst. The damage may haunt you for a long time (Matt. 5:22).

Southwesterner, 9-9-2012

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