January 9, 2019
Little things can set off a wave of emotions especially anger. Triggered by unfairness, injustice, as well as your interpretation of an event (whether right or wrong), anger can give full vent to reacting without a sense of self-control. Trying to gain control means acknowledging your anger and quieting the intensity that unsettles your soul. Whether you like it or not such upheavals can be the difference in reconciliation of a broken relationship to the loss of promotion or job opportunity. When allowed to get out of control it can be disastrous. It’s important to get the facts before experiencing an explosive episode and it doesn’t take much for an episodic explosion. “A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel (Proverbs 15:18).” While you might seek and desire to live a peaceable life, not everyone has the same objective that you may have.
The bible teaches that we are to control our anger, not give in to that which causes us to lose control and to think about our actions. Some biblical translations call that person a “fool” (Proverbs 29:11). Counting to ten may not dispel your anger but counting on the power of Christ can. The Holy Spirit is present to help in every aspect of our lives but you have to turn to Him in earnest desire, seeking His will. The more you trust Him and turn to Him you will find He’s there waiting to provide you the support you need.
“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires (James 1:19-20).”