Spiritually Managing Anger
by Teresa Wiltz
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I noticed while out and about the other day that practically everywhere I looked appeared to emanate some level of anger, painted across a multitude of nameless faces. A bubble of scathing energy fueling the veins of people who were driving; quickly dashing down the aisles in stores; waiting in line at fast food chains; or simply walking down the street. I shook my head in disbelief, pondering why so many people seemed propelled toward anger. Then it dawned on me that not only were they lacking in self-control, but their lives also lacked the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Proverbs 25:28~“Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.”
As a Christian born into a worldly chord of disharmony, I chose to smile amid those angry spirits roaming my nearby universe. For the most part, my spiritual energy seemed to incite a glimmer of smiling faces in return. After returning to the comfort of my home; I decided to research the topic of anger to obtain a better understanding of God’s perspective. I discovered that festering emotions of anger will ultimately hinder our spiritual development; it is imperative that we all seek to manage our feelings more gracefully by walking in the light of Jesus Christ.
The Bible teaches that our words and deeds are governed by our thoughts. It is our Christian responsibility to gear our thought pattern away from all forms of evil; but be committed to cultivating peace of mind, heart and spirit amongst brethren. The second greatest commandment is to love our neighbor as ourselves.
Psalm 37:8-9—“Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.”
A true miscarriage of succumbing to anger is that it does lead us off course to God’s plan by causing us to sin against one another in a deliberate attempt to hurt others. Some people may lash out in a physical rage, while others tend to display anger by uttering hateful remarks; which are usually regretted in the end. Regardless of whatever manifestation anger is presented in, it is only through divine awareness and intervention that we realize our own individual bad habits and strive to transition them into good ones. God teaches us how to control ourselves:
Ephesians 4:31-32—“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
There is never a legitimate excuse for disobeying our Heavenly Father; to say that we are unable to control our temper is a form of blatant disobedience because it contradicts the gospel of Christ. God judges us on how we chose to live our lives based on the free will that he gifted us with. We are allowed to act and react in any given situation according to our thoughts and emotions; it is totally up to us as to how we present ourselves to the world. God actually requires that we conduct ourselves with self-control as examples of righteous living to glorify His name.
Ephesians 4:22-24~"You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness."
Once we are able to recognize the root cause of our anger, we will then be able to eliminate it by opening our hearts to receive the spirit of God. We need to make amends and apologize for our subtle or overt sinful reactions to anger instigated by others. It is important to realize that our apology is not an indication that others did not wrong us; but rather it is staying true to the manner in which God expects us to respond to discord. Whether others apologize for their wrongdoing or not, doesn't matter because we need to move forward in love to make things right between us and God. Afterwards, the healing process of overcoming the spirit of anger may begin.
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