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Suggestions on Controlling Anger

Our Wednesday night auditorium class has been discussing how to control our anger. We offer these suggestions to help:

Keep an anger journal. It allows you to think through what bothers you and work on techniques that can help you cope. I believe the imprecatory psalms are “anger journaling.” That is, sharing your anger with God.

Learn to love, bless, do good to and pray for your enemies. What a challenge! Remember, you make God angry when you sin. We will not receive mercy if we are not merciful to others (Matt. 5:38-48).

Learn to put anger away. How do you want to word this? Release it. Dismiss it. Let it go by telling yourself that you’ve milked the anger for all its worth; you don’t need it anymore.

Learn how others cope with anger. Pray for guidance and strength to overcome anger. Losing our temper is just as sinful as anything else. We should pray to control it.

Learn to solve problems constructively. Redirect your anger into something constructive. In other words, be kind. Be gracious. Be slow to anger. Ecc. 7:9; Prov. 15:18; Jas 1:19

Give a soft answer. Yelling escalates the problem. Apologizing really helps! Prov. 15:1. Let the other person save face if possible. Meditate on God’s word. Which Scriptures help you most to conquer anger?

Overlook what people do. Do not go looking for slights from people. Brush it off and forget about it. It’s likely they did not even intend it to be a slight! “A man’s discretion makes him slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook a transgression” (Prov. 19:11).

Respect others. Respect grows out of love. Consider others as better than ourselves:  Rom. 12:3-5

-      Paul

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Good morning!

Once again, I’m happy that all of you are here this morning! As you read this, I am likely in Henderson, Tennessee for the annual FHU Lectureship. I look forward to seeing you in person again this time next week! It’s always an encouraging thought to know that, though I’m 716 miles away, we’re both worshipping the same God on the same day. Though we’re apart, we’re all part of the same family.

It’s hard to believe we are already a month into this New Year. It seems like every February, I have that overwhelming feeling that time really goes by too quickly. I want to express what we discussed last Sunday at our youth devotional. Often in our New Year, we discuss new beginnings and how, if the last year was not our best, we can “turn over a new leaf” this New Year. Well, now we’re 1/12 into the year 2014, and my guess is we’ve all fallen to a sin or temptation at some point. We’ve all proved that we aren’t perfect. Luckily, God does not measure time in years, months, weeks, etc. like we do. We always have the opportunity to change for the better.

David, after being confronted by Nathan for his sin with Bathsheba, wrote the 51st Psalm. In verses 10-12, he prays this: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.”

We, like David, can and should pray this prayer. Unfortunately, we are imperfect. We have a Heavenly Father who understands that, and sent his perfect Son to die for us, so that we have a chance to come back to him, have our hearts made clean, and have our spirits renewed, not at the start of each new year, but whenever it is needed. Isn’t it a blessing to be a child of God?!