Jan 27, 2017

Controlling Anger

written by Karlon Cromwell
in category Devotionals

 He who is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who is quick-tempered exalts folly. Proverbs 14: 29

God created us in His image, and He gave us the ability to express our feelings when faced with various life situations. We laugh and feel excitement and joy when something wonderful happens, and we are sad when we are disappointed or faced with loss. Being sad doesn’t mean that we don’t trust God—it just means that we are expressing human emotions that God gave us when He created man. Many think that anger has no place in a Christian’s life, yet even Christ expressed anger while here on earth. Remember the corrupt money changers in the temple? It’s not a sin to feel anger, as this is a normal response to injustice. It’s how we express and deal with it that is most important. If anger is allowed to fester resentment in our hearts and rage out of control, then that’s a huge problem, as it destroys not only our own souls, but harms others as well. The best way to handle anger is to determine the cause, face it responsibly, and ask God to help control it! The Bible gives us wise advice in Psalm 4: 4 (NLT): “Don’t sin by letting anger control you. Think about it overnight and remain silent.” We can all enjoy victory in Jesus by giving God control over our hearts, lives, and yes, even our anger!

— Erica Christie-Campbell

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