How to Deal with Anger

July 10, 2020

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Have you ever seen or experienced something painful and wrong, so the natural reaction was anger? We all have.

What did you do with that anger? Did you act upon it in an unhealthy way? Did you lash out? Did you slander someone? Did you gossip? Did you get revenge?

The Bible tells us, “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil” (Eph. 4:26-27).

Paul says it’s okay to be angry. It’s a God-given emotion. God experiences righteous anger, but God never reacts. God acts perfectly.

So when we feel angry, there’s a reason for it. Sometimes it’s justified. And other times it’s not. It’s pride. But when we experience anger, we should, as Paul says, don’t act sinfully because of it.

Instead, we should stop, address the issue, and lay it aside. Because when we don’t deal with it. When we hold onto anger and bitterness, we’re giving Satan a real opportunity to influence us to sin.

The next time you experience anger, ask, “Why? What should I do with it?” Then ask God to help you deal with it and move on.


Text in Context: Read Ephesians 4:17-32

Reflect: How do the mind, heart, and soul influence a non-believer’s actions? How should Christ impact our actions? How does someone “put off” your old self and “put on” your new self? What should show people around you this reality? How does your mouth reflect the new self?

Respond: How have you put on the new self? Where have you not put off your old self? How is anger still negatively influencing you? What can you today to live as your new self?

Prayer: Father, thank you for your mercy and grace. Thank you for loving me regardless of my behavior. Help me to act in accordance with who I am through your Son. I love you, God.  

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Great question. I think a question to ask is "why?" Why are you angry? Is it justified? Is it righteous? Is it selfish? Is it a reaction to an old wound? Once you understand why you are angry then you can begin to ask God to help you forgive and move on. One more suggestion is to meet with a Christian counselor of some kind. Find someone to unpack the anger and work on daily process of letting it go.
But how do you 'deal with it and lay it aside'? It always comes back to reak havoc with me later when things go wrong.
Love this.
Praying through this: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no change, nor shadow of turning. 18. Having purposed it, He brought us forth by the Word of truth, for us to be a kind of first-fruits of His creatures. 19. So then, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath, 20. for the wrath of man does not work the righteousness of Elohim. 21. Therefore put away all filthiness and overflow of evil, and receive with meekness the implanted Word, which is able to save your lives. James 1:17‭-‬21 As I meditate upon Your Word I choose to receive it with meekness. Help me to be a woman who is swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath.
A good message for the contentious times we find ourselves in these days!
I'm blessed this morning thanks so much
Amen 🙏
Ephesians 4:31 let bitterness, and warth, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice
Ephesians 4:32 Paul sys; Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. As a Christ follower, I should do the same.
Amen
We are praying for you to continue turning this over to God daily!
We are praying for you!
I can get angry and blow up at people and then my anger is over but the results of that angry outburst affects the other person.
This is the biggest problem I've had in my life. Control of my anger and letting hurtful words out of my mouth toward others. Thank you for your pointing out to ask God for help with this terrible and hurtful habit.
I really enjoyed this and it has opened my mind and heart up on how to act and how I should handle things. Thank you.
Thanks it has shown me how I should behave as a believer when angry
Amen
I have a different view of soul: my thought, feelings and will with the small human spirit then at conversion the Holy Spirit with whole God head comes and lives in me .The righteousness of God defeated the old man all of this I was made , changed by God even the faith to believe, open my understanding to receive all that was given a free gift , no work by me . just believe .so when angry feeling comes , know that the new Spirit with in me to renew my mind about what got me ticked usually a hurt or fear of not getting what I want ...the remaining fleshly mindsets leftover from being in Adam wants to get me to respond like sinful as before , but not we look to Jesus and his finished work in us , to understand that this salvation was started and ended the ole man thus we have this new man lead by The Holy Spirit to renew my mind to that is above in the divine nature , sounds simple yet sometimes emotional feelings overcome but that's ok we are being in process to change by God to holy living life..amen
Thank you for you faithfulness in getting out GOD'S word on a daily basis.
Very good way to start my morning.
Thanks for this. It was very helpful today.
Profound and timely! Thank you! Lord, help me today to be intentional not to sin when I become angry; but to take every problem to You in prayer.
This word blessed me so glad I received it!
Thank Lord, for today's study
Anger is an emotion that often arises from viewed injustice. We live in a sinful world where selfishness is accepted causing many acts of injustice. Emotions are good but ask God to help you to respond lovingly to the source that may cause you to sin. Be not a slave to sin but a servant to Jesus.
Very profound food for thought.
Amen
Thank You
Amen, Amen and Amen!
DEAR ABBA FATHER JESUS PLEASE DEAL WITH OUR ANGER; ANYTHING THAT WILL HURT OUR BODIES;MIND;SOUL ;THANKYOUJESUS;ILOVEYOU;YOU ARE MY BEST FRIEND @
Right I'm really fighting this battle with the spirit of anger, and I believe I'm already victorious in JESUS name
My big problem anger asking Jesus for help in this area of my life
FOR YEARS I WAS SO MUCH INTO SELF THAT I HAD AN INSTANT TERRIBLE TEMPER IF THINGS DID NOT GO MY WAY. I WAS VERY IMMATURE IN THE WORD OF GOD AND MY THINKING. TWENTY SIX YEARS AGO I WENT TO COLLEGE TO BETTER MY EMPLOYMENT ABILITIES AND MET THE WOMAN GOD WAS SAVING FOR ME. SHE IS A DEVOUT CHRISTIAN AND THRU THOSE YEARS BEING WITH HER I HAVE CALMED MY TEMPER AND SELFISH ACTIONS TO ALMOST NONE I STILL SIN OF COURSE BUT A LOT LESS THAN I DID THEN. GOD HAS BLESSED ME SO MUCH IN TEACHING ME THE TRUE VALUE OF LIFE--LOVING UNCONDITIONALLY-CARING FOR OTHERS-LEARNING HIS WORD AND BEING A FAITHFUL LOVING HUSBAND. I CANNOT REPAIR THE DAMAGE MY KIDS SUFFERED BECAUSE OF ME BUT I CAN PRAY CONSTANTLY THAT THEY WILL FIND JESUS AND FORGIVE ME. THIS ARTICLE IS VERY HELPFUL TO ME--THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS! GARY
Kyle, those times are not to break you but to make you more in the image of our Heavenly Father.
It took me years to realize the way I dealt with anger was wrong. I thank God for His Holy Spirit, teaching me the things that are right and wrong. Today I still get angry but with guidance from the Holy one I direct it in a better way. Thank you Lord
In Jesus Name Amen
I must confess, I, at times, want revenge. I wish that God wouldn't put me in those positions in the first place.