Taming your temper

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Have you ever been so angry that you felt you were about to explode? How did you handle that situation? The book of Proverbs has a lot to say about how we conduct ourselves in moments like these. As a Christian, it is okay to get angry. We have the right to express our anger. How and when we do it is always the tricky part. Consider Proverbs 14:29, which says:
 
“He who is slow to wrath has great understanding, but he who is impulsive exalts folly.”
 
From this verse, we see that anger (or wrath as noted above) is a legitimate emotion. But we shouldn’t be impulsive in it. Our anger should be controlled, just, and not merely emotional. Anger is an emotion given to us by God but we should be slow to get to a point where our wrath is released. Instead of yelling, cursing, getting violent, or just giving someone the cold shoulder, we should be like God and be abundant in our show of mercy.

Scripture reveals that when we are merciful and slow to wrath, we are displaying that we have understanding. However, when we fly off the handle, are impulsive, and let our emotions take over, we are exalting folly. Or like you might hear some people say: “you be actin’ a fool”.

 
Here are 3 ways you can control your anger:
 
1)   Don’t let it build up. Forgive the offense immediately.
 
2)   Whenever possible and necessary (and safe), discuss the source of your anger with the individual you’re angry with.  
 
3)   Consider yourself and how you may have needed someone to show you mercy in the past.
 
Aren’t you glad God doesn’t stay angry with us? 
 
Love,
 
Ernst

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