How To Control Your Anger

How to Control your anger

Dr Redford Williams, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioural Science at Duke University, states: 'The hostility and anger associated with Type-A behaviour is a major contributor to heart disease. People who struggle with anger are five times more likely to suffer coronary heart disease, and people with heart disease more than double their risk of a heart attack when they get angry.'

The first mention of anger in Scripture is when Cain got so angry with his brother Abel that he murdered him. In 2017, investigation showed that over half of all homicides in England and Wales were the result of some type of anger. But anger not only kills others, it can kill you.

Of course, there's a difference between anger and mere aggravation. A little girl asked her father to explain that difference. So he picked up the phone, dialled a number, allowed his daughter to listen in, and when the other person answered, he said, 'Hello. Is Melvin there?' Back came the answer, 'There's no one here named Melvin.

Why don't you look up numbers before you dial them?' The father waited a moment, then re-dialled the number. 'Hello. Is Melvin there?' The man yelled, 'I just told you there's no Melvin here! Don't call this number again!' then slammed down the receiver. The father looked at his daughter and said, 'Honey, that was anger. Now let me show you aggravation.' He dialled the number again and when a voice roared back, 'Hello!' her dad calmly said, 'Hi. This is Melvin, have there been any calls for me?'
'Don't sin by letting anger control you.' Ephesians 4:26 NLT. The word anger is only one letter short of the word danger. So ask God to help you manage your anger. He will!

'A quick-tempered man acts foolishly.' Proverbs 14:17 NKJV The truth is that when your temper gets the best of you, it reveals the worst of you.

The Bible says three things about unrighteous anger that you need to keep in mind:

(1) It's stupid. ' A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, and a man of wicked intentions is hated' (Proverbs 14:17 NKJV) . Benjamin Franklin wrote in Poor Richard's Almanac: 'Take this remark from Richard poor and lame; 'Whatever's begun in anger ends in shame.'

(2) It's divisive. ' A hot-tempered person starts fights; a cool-tempered person stops them' (Proverbs 15:18 NLT) Occasionally we may become angry for good reason. But most of the time it's because we're selfish, impatient, irritated or hurt about the way we have been treated. Humourist Will Rogers once said, 'People who fly into a rage seldom make a good landing.' Instead of solving the problem, anger only makes it worse.
(3) It's destructive. ' Hot-tempered people must pay the penalty. If you rescue them once, you will have to do it again' (Proverbs 19:19 NLT) . That means when you keep losing your temper, you keep losing. You will lose friends, you will lose the love and respect of your family, you will lose your business associates, and it can even cause you to lose your health.

John Hunter, a psychologist who had a severe heart condition, said, 'My life is at the mercy of the person who can make me angry...the first scoundrel who gets me angry can kill me.' And guess what? That scoundrel can be you! So ask God to help you control your anger.


Soul Food
1 Chron. 23:21-26:19,
John 10:1-10,
Ps. 99,
Pro. 26:1-6,
1 Chron. 19:1-23:20,
John 9:24-41,
Ps. 115, Pro. 25:26-28

Remain blessed!

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