Practice self-discipline by restraining anger. When you are tempted to let anger control you today, re-focus and pray.
"I'm telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves." (Matthew 5:44)
“Speak when you are angry - and you'll make the best speech you'll ever regret.” (Dr. Laurence J. Peter)
I confess having anger problems. More so with the people I love than strangers:( However, prayer & James 1:20 is helping me ". . . Anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires."ReplyDelete
I had it too like 2 years ago and then is when the Lord gave me the vision of my blood when I was angry and fighting, how all the adrenaline and evil was running through my veins, and I understand that I wasn't acting as her daughter.. I was doing all it wrong... so I started to apply Philippians 4:8-9 for resting my mind in all the good things and letting his peace fill me.ReplyDelete
I'm still pretty new to all this but I must say my anger is the one thing I have been focusing on this year to better myself. I have a long history of very bad anger. Like you said Amy, more with the people I love than strangers. I feel like I have gotten better but still got a ways to go. Every once in awhile there is that little outburst that turns into something bigger and unnecessary. This is helping though. God Bless.ReplyDelete
Anger is like the tip of an iceberg; you can see it rising above the water but what isn't visible is the much larger piece below the surface. Anger is the reflection of an unmet need, which can be why we become angry with the ones we love more so than strangers; we need more from them. Anger itself is one of the spectrum of emotions we all feel, and it is tells me something important about myself. But God calls us to be slow to anger as He is (Psalm 103:8). When I feel anger, rather than indulging it, I try to stop first, and examine what it is that I am needing in that moment, and then speak from my truth (yesterday's lesson) without judging the other person. I'm not always successful but when I listen for the Holy Spirit, I succeed more often.ReplyDelete