Putting Anger in Parentheses

Caution!

Anger, like gasoline, is volatile, explosive, and dangerous. It must be handled with utmost care.

The Scriptures offer at least two guidelines for managing anger.

First, be “slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God” (James 1:19-20).

Second, “Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity” (Ephesians 4:26-27).

Applying the brakes

While anger is not sinful in itself, it is highly likely to lead to sin.

James teaches us to have a long fuse. Paul teaches us to extinguish our anger by day’s end.

Putting these “parentheses” around anger is the effective way to control one of the most dANGERous emotions known to man.

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Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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Choosing Your Attitude

Picking up litter used to make my dad angry. Then he realized his anger did no good and might even be doing him some harm. So he dropped his anger and picked up the trash.

Attitude Adjustment

Each of us is in charge of our own attitude. Otherwise we are victims of our circumstances and emotions.

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God gave us the ability to: 1) monitor our thinking, 2) evaluate our thoughts, and 3) change our mindset—whenever we choose. With God’s help, and practice, we can improve (Philippians 4:8).

A Plan in Place

What if we decide in advance that the next time we encounter a rude driver, we will keep calm? No angry looks, provoking comments, or obscene gestures. We just keep driving.

 

Adapted from an article by JDG in the daily devotional guide Power for Today

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