It’s likely you and the people you’re leading are more short-tempered than usual this year. This shouldn’t surprise you. There are many reasons to be angry right now—from being quarantined for long periods of time to massive job losses to clear examples of injustice all around.
But anger doesn’t need to win. More than ever, now is the time to look at how our faith can keep us calm even during times of crisis.
Anger isn’t always wrong. The Bible tells us God gets appropriately angry. The only reason you’re able to experience anger is because you’re created in God’s image.
But mismanaged anger is a problem, and it’s a sin.
Thankfully, God can help us manage our anger in the midst of chaos as we follow this six-part biblical pattern.
1. Realize the cost of uncontrolled anger. You can always identify a price tag on your anger. Proverbs 29:22a (NCV) says, “An angry person causes trouble.” You’ve likely seen this play out in your life and in the lives of others.
Take note of the specific ways anger will cost you and those you love. The book of Proverbs lists a variety of troubles caused by anger. Proverbs 14:29 says anger leads to mistakes. Proverbs 14:17 says it leads to foolish actions. Proverbs 11:29 says anger leads to broken relationships.
Anger isn’t worth the price you’ll pay.
2. Resolve to manage your anger. You need to decide: Will you let your anger continue to hurt yourself and others? Quit saying you can’t control your anger, and be honest with yourself. With God’s help, your anger is controllable. Proverbs 29:11 (NIV) says, “Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.”
You need to prepare in advance for how to respond correctly to situations that make you angry. If you wait until the next time you get angry to deal with it, you will fail.
3. Reflect before reacting. Think before you speak. Don’t simply respond impulsively. James wrote his book to people who were experiencing crises, difficulties and trials. That’s why he writes, “Therefore, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger, for the anger of man does not work the righteousness of God.” (James 1:19-20, MEV).
When people feel listened to, it reduces their frustration and eases their hurt. Anger control is really mouth control. You tame your temper by taming your tongue.
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SOURCE: Charisma News