Did you know that anger sometimes presents itself as agitation or depression? Today, Larry shares how he dealt with his anger. Now here’s Larry.
Anger: “Distress, displeasure, and hostility from being injured, mistreated, or opposed.” Webster
Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city” (Pro. 16:32 ESV).
Have you found yourself agitated or down? You may be carrying some hidden anger.
Among the most beneficial abilities God provides is the ability to resolve anger (Jas. 1:19). Not just outward manifestations but also suppressed anger. Some of the angriest people I’ve encountered have been pleasant on the outside yet surprisingly vicious. A former relative who appeared delighted in my company would slander me behind my back.
Since anger can lead to all sorts of evil, some assume all anger is wrong and we should always turn the other cheek. If that’s the case, the clearing of the temple by the One who taught the principle, is confusing (Matt. 21:12). The Bible says anger becomes bad if it lasts too long or causes bad responses (Ephes. 4:26, 27).
To detect and remove possible anger, consider the following example.
- Who wronged or hurt me? My former family member. When I think of her, I feel agitated and distrusting.
- What did they do to me? She lied about me.
- Why was that harmful or hurtful? It affected my reputation and valued relationships. I wanted to be an example for Christ, and she portrayed me as a fake.
- How can I resolve my ire? I read Psalm 4 and asked God what He wanted me to focus on. I realized God has given me joy this person can’t steal (Ps.4:7) and guarantees my security (Ps. 4:8).
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