Ephesians 4:26-27 - "In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.
So far I have discussed many aspects of mental health. This post approaches the subject of anger and how it can turn ugly fast.
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.
That’s what the Bible verses above are speaking of. Anger left to itself can turn into hatred and the desire for revenge. It can even be a signal that you or someone else is about to be harmed.
But we can nip it in the bud early on. It takes learning to be aware that your anger thermometer is rising. That’s why the Bible verses above say to “not let the sun go down while you are still angry.” 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.
Take a look at some of the early warning signals and triggers that mean your anger is starting to get out of control from helpguide.org, in their article, "Anger Management," such as you feel clammy or flushed and you blame others for the bad things that are happening in your life.
Studying yourself and how you react will go a long way in experiencing a more peaceful lifestyle. And, if you feel your anger is getting out of control frequently it may be that you need someone to help you through it. Pastors and therapists can be just what the doctor ordered.
If you’d like to share your experience with handling anger or if you have a question you’d like to ask, just click on the blue “comments” below. I look forward to hearing from you.
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.