Anger is a familiar emotion.
Anger can lead to the death of relationships we cherish, the death of intimacy with God, even the death of our own spirits.
But…anger is an emotion God created.
So, what can we do about it?
If anger is here to stay, if God created it and knows it can be good, how do I manage it well?
Recognize my unresolved anger.
“You are only hurting yourself with your anger.” Job 18:4
Resolve to manage it.
“A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.” Proverbs 29:11
Remember the cost.
“A hot tempered man . . . gets into all kinds of trouble.” Proverbs 29:22
“The fool who provokes his family to anger and resentment will finally have nothing worthwhile left.” Proverbs 11:29
Reflect before responding. Don’t react.
“A stupid man gives free reign to his anger; a wise man waits and lets it grow cool.” Proverbs 29:11
“A person's wisdom yields patience; it is to one's glory to overlook an offense.” Proverbs 19:11
Release my anger appropriately.
“If you become angry, don’t let your anger lead you into sin.” Ephesians 4:26
Retrain your mind.
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way that you think.” Romans 12:2
“Keep away from angry, short tempered people, or you will learn to be like them.” Proverbs 22:24-25
Rely on God.
“Whatever is in your heart determines what you will say.” Matthew 12:34
“Create in me a clean heart, O God.” Psalm 51:10
“ I’ll give you a new heart, put a new spirit in you. I’ll remove the stone heart from your body and replace it with a heart that’s God-willed, not self-willed.” Ezekiel 36:36
“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You.” Isaiah 26:3