ANGER IS OF GREAT BENEFIT, but it carries a great risk. Anger mobilizes us and equips us to overcome the evil and do the good. However, sin lies at the door of anger. When one becomes a Christian, he becomes a new person with a new life. This new life does not include sinful anger. Paul gives specific instructions for implementing this new life in Ephesians 4:17-32. However, it may take a while for this to work. Old habits die hard. So the Bible gives some fundamental methods of dealing with anger until the new man takes over.
- The drop it method. “If you start an argument, it is like breaking a hole in a dam. So stop the argument before it becomes bigger and bigger” (Proverbs 17:14, ETRV).
- The hold it method. “A foolish person becomes angry easily. But a wise person is patient and controls himself” (Proverbs 29:11, ETRV).
- The listen first method. “My dear brothers and sisters, always be more willing to listen than to speak. Don’t become angry easily” (James 1:19, ETRV).
- The close your mouth and think method. “Good people think before they answer. But evil people speak before they think, and that causes them trouble” (Proverbs 15:28, ETRV).
- The runaway method. “Wise people see trouble coming and get out of its way. But foolish people go straight to the trouble and suffer because of it” (Proverbs 22:3, ETRV).
- The cool it method. ”A peaceful answer causes anger to disappear. But a rough answer causes anger to grow” (Proverbs 15:1, ETRV).
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