Controlling Anger

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.

  1. 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).
  2. The hold it method. “A foolish person becomes angry easily. But a wise person is patient and controls himself” (Proverbs 29:11, ETRV).
  3. 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).
  4. 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).
  5. 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).
  6. 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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