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September 20, 2013

September 20, 2013

"Anger: Relate to People who are Patient"

“Don’t hang out with angry people; don’t keep company with hot heads. Bad temper is contagious – don’t get infected.” Proverbs 22: 24 – 25 MSG

Do you believe that the pattern of anger is contagious and infective? If you don’t, take note of how you feel and act when you're with angry people.

If you really want to change a habit of anger you need to change your friends. If you’re an angry person it’s very likely that you are hanging out with angry people.

The ways that we express our anger are learned. If we can learn them, we can also unlearn them.

If you are a parent, and you have an angry child, perhaps you want to look at how you interact with that child. If you are yelling and screaming often that may be part of the explanation for why your child yells and screams.

James Dobson says, “Successful marriages are not those marriages where anger or conflicts do not exist. But rather, successful marriages are where they’ve learned to manage their anger. When anger is managed, it produces great marriages.”

One other thought for you: when anger is managed it also produces great friendships, churches and businesses. It produces great leaders because it channels the emotional energy of anger into a focus that will eventually produce good.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don