Psalm 37:8 - Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret--it leads only to evil.
Many people when they are in situations they have no control over or when things go very wrong, experience strong emotions. Some display anger while others show worry. For me the worry and stress I try to hold inside sometimes turns into anger; except, my anger is not displayed to the world. It lives inside where the fire burns hot, but only a few puffs of smoke are released. Anger in itself is not bad. It can be just a display of boundaries that have been broken. This is quite normal. The trick is to diffuse the situation as quickly as possible. It takes learning to be aware that your anger thermometer is rising. If you keep that anger from eating away at your day, week and sometimes for a lifetime then you can find peace even in the most heated situation. But we can’t do it on our own. We need to ask God to be our anger meter and alert us when we’re letting anger or worry build up. He can teach us to also be alert of anger other people are throwing our way. Let’s get out those thermometers and start to find ways to diffuse the anger or worry bomb.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.