We all get angry from time to time. As long as we interact with other human beings, or even just with ourselves, the temptation to become angry is inevitable. Knowing this, it is important to realize when you are angry and what to do when you reach your boiling point. Being angry in and of itself is not bad. It’s part of being human. It is how we handle our anger that has the potential to be an issue. The bible says to be angry but sin not (Ephesians 4:26). If you allow your anger to cause you hold grudges, speak ill of others, speak or act violently, or do anything you know is not of good character then you should determine a new way to deal with it.
I’ll share a couple of solutions that I have found work for me. The first is pray. I am very honest with God about my feelings. I tell Him exactly how angry I am and why I am angry. I then ask Him to help me calm down. If I am angry with a specific person, I also pray for them. I have found it is difficult to remain angry at someone while praying for them. How can I talk to God, who is so loving and forgiving when I am wrong and harbor ill feelings for someone else who I feel has wronged me? That seems a bit contradictory to me.
The next thing I do is I listen to worship music. I prefer music that invites the Holy Spirit into my heart. Songs with lyrics like “fill me up” or “have your way” really help me. If I am full of the Holy Spirit, there is no room for angry feelings. I find that listening to this kind of music really calms me down and even allows me to look back on the situation and recognize my part in any disagreement or discord.
God can get glory out of any situation. Especially ones where the devil thinks he may have won by causing you to get angry. But he can easily be defeated if you decide that you will not let your anger control you. It may not always be easy, but it is always possible!
If you have anything that helps you deal with your anger, please feel free to share in the comment section.