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September 18, 2013

September 18, 2013

September 18, 2013
Dag Hammarskjold,
peacemaker, 1961

"Release You Anger Appropriately"

“If you become angry, do not let your anger lead you into sin.” Ephesians 4: 26 TEV

One of the things about anger is that some people think Christians should never get angry. That’s not true. Just read the Bible and you’ll find there were times when Jesus was very angry. If He can get angry, so can we.

So how do you deal with anger? First of all, you have to admit it. If you won’t admit that you’re angry, which some don’t, you;re really lying and that’s as much a sin as anger.

If you’re still dealing with your anger as you did when you were two or three years old, maybe you need to grow up. Use anger to help you achieve a goal. If the way you express it takes you farther from the goal than you planned, it’s not appropriate.

Something to keep in mind is that anger is never really the primary emotion. It is usually a symptom that reveals one of three things is happening: hurt, fear or frustration. These are things that really make us angry.

That’s why we need to stop and cool down. It allows us to think and ask ourselves:
Am I hurt?Am I afraid? Feeling threatened or afraid of a loss.Am I frustrated?Understanding the source of your anger will help you to respond in an appropriate manner so that your anger does not “lead you into sin.”

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don