“But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment,” (Mt. 20:22).
What is anger? Anger is one of the most basic human emotions. It is a feeling of being against someone or something or themselves. By its very nature, anger involves antagonism. Everyone gets angry. Our body can inform us of when we are angry. According to many psychologists, there are stages of physiological signs of anger, like: A stimulus triggers emotion; Tension or Stress begins to build; Adrenaline is released contributing to growing tension; Breathing rate increases; Heartbeat accelerates; Blood pressure rises; There is now a body and mind “Fight or Flight” response.
If anger is managed inappropriately it is likely to negatively affect our physical and mental health. Listed are examples of disorders that may develop if anger is suppressed without an outlet like: Headaches, Gastrointestinal disorders, Respiratory disorders, Skin disorders, Genito-urinary disorders, Arthritis, Disabilities of the nervous system; Circulatory disorders; Aggravation of existing physical symptoms, Emotional disturbances and Suicide.
How can we handle our anger in godly ways? Somebody suggested that:
First, Acknowledge your anger to God. Don’t pretend that you don’t get angry. Be honest with yourself, and then with God. He knows anyway.
Second, Learn to get angry slowly. Angry words spoken quickly are usually regretted later. Take time to make sure that you have good reason to be angry.
Third, Change your beliefs about God. Our anger problem is rooted not in feelings but in what we believe about God.
Fourth, Confess wrong beliefs and repent. It means repenting of all the damage your angry demands have inflicted on God and on others.
Fifth, Place your anger under new management. Let us surrender ourselves to Christ and His Word.
But when anger seems to overtake us, let us look at crucifix, the icon of anger management. Jesus teaches us how to handle anger.
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