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September 19, 2013

September 19, 2013

September 19, 2013

"Anger: Re-pattern your Mind"

“Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind.” Romans 12: 2 TEV

The way you act is determined by the way you feel. The way you feel is determined by the way you think. If you want to change the way you act, you've got to change the way you think.

Our anger is often a pattern of anger. Oftentimes, it’s an inappropriate, pouting, blowing up, criticizing, etc, way of acting out. To change it, you need to have some mental reconditioning.

Gary Smalley suggests you begin by asking yourself these questions: “Do I enjoy getting angry? Does it produce the intended results when I get angry? Could I get the same results in a more effective way? How would I be different?”

If your answer to these questions is frequently no, perhaps you’d like to re-pattern your behavior. Here's a system for doing that:

Write down your answers to the questions, then read them aloud to yourself once a week for six months, that’s 26 weeks. In addition, read them in the presence of another person. This may seem like a lot of work, but how serious are you about changing?

How about adding some Bible verses so that your mind gets filled by God’s Word? That’s the most transforming power in your life.

A lot of times people think angry people are very secure and powerful. The truth is angry people are insecure. The more insecure they are the more they let things tick them off.

When you begin to understand how much God loves you, you can begin to understand your security is in Christ. You matter to God. You always have. You always will!

Here’s something to begin your work read Ephesians 1 and Romans 8. They are anti-anger passages because they teach us how deeply God loves us and that we are secure in Him.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don