Anger is one of the most overpowering emotions we can experience. It is an emotion that can quickly lead us to action, which is why we have to be so careful with it. When you get angry, your heart rate and blood pressure go up, as do the levels of your energy hormones, adrenaline, and noradrenalin. Because of this, it is difficult for some individuals to control aggressive behaviors when angry. Others have a hard time expressing their anger and hold it in, which can be equally disruptive. Anger in itself isn’t always sin, but the cause for anger and our response to it should be examined carefully.
We may feel anger righteously, as Jesus did, when we witness injustice. For example, Jesus was angry at the Pharisees in Mark 3:5, “He looked around at them in anger, deeply distressed by their stubborn hearts.” As we look through the scriptures, it is important to notice that Jesus is always angry for the right reasons, not based upon trivial opinions or minor disagreements. The character of God is also described in Psalm 145:8 of being, "The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love."
Anger is particularly dangerous if we find it controlling us, and if is motivated by proving a point, or selfish gain. It can quickly damage a relationship because of its destructive power, particularly in what we say or do to others around us. Proverbs 15:18 warns us that, "A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention."
If we harbor or hold on to anger, it will not only damage us as people, but also our ability to have godly relationships. Anger can be like a poison that seeps into every part of our lives if we are not careful. If you are struggling with anger, confess to God, and ask him for help - for freedom and for self-control. A Christian counselor can also help you with "in the moment" techniques to help with your anger, as well as get to the core of the issue.
Colossians 3:8 tells us, “But now you also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.” Know that there is hope if you are struggling with this powerful emotion. Facing the problem head on will give you tremendous freedom personally, as well as in your relationships with loved ones.
If you are struggling with Anger, we want to help you. To figure out next steps toward freedom there are many great resources to help you receive the freedom God desires for you.
- Overcoming Emotions That Destroy, by Chip Ingram
- Anger, Anxiety & Fear, by Stuart Scott
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