The following points are adapted from an article by Bobby Key which appeared in The Four State Gospel News, Feb. 1984.

  1. Don’t ever provoke anger needlessly. Avoid people and situations that make you angry (Ps. 37:8)
  2. Never make an important decision when angry. It’s impossible to be logical in such situations.
  3. Don’t talk when angry! Words spoken in anger become two-edged sword which cut both ways. One sister in Christ told me that her grandfather used to say, “The least said the easiest mended”.  It is best to hold our tongue when feeling anger (Proverbs 29:20; 15:1; Eccl. 7:9; Eph. 4:26).
  4. Don’t go to bed angry. You won’t sleep well.
  5. Pray! The surest way of killing bitterness and anger is to pray for the person you are tempted to hate (1 Tim. 2:8; Rom. 12:19-21).

Leon Brashear

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