Happy New Month everyone. I hope your’e all doing well. Yet another day that God has blessed us to see. We give him all the glory. May our hearts be filled with gratitude and our mouths be filled with praise. Today’s blog post is about anger management. Many times, it’s so easy for us to be fueled up over a situation. We hold so much anger within our souls and that alone can have an effect on us. As children of the most high, we are not called to be like the world. It is very important that we forgive our brothers and sisters whether they are in Christ or not. Sometimes, we await for the person that wronged us to come and apologize to us but many times, we know that it won’t happen. “Hurt people hurt people.” If we don’t show love, how would they see the reflection of God in our lives. Yes, we are not perfect but understanding that we will never be perfect is key. God hasn’t called us to pay the price. He has already paid it all. May God help us to live a life that is pleasing unto him. Below is the devotional for today. I hope you can take something away from it. Stay Blessed & Encouraged. 🙂
“Don’t sin by letting anger control you.”
Ephesians 4:26 NLT
Here’s a Bible plan for growth that includes anger management: “Let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. And don’t sin by letting anger control you. Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil…Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them…Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you” (vv. 23-32 NLT). God gave you every emotion you have, including anger. But He wants you to handle it the right way. Note the words “let us…tell the truth.” When you’re angry, instead of denying it, use it to bring about positive change. Saying, “I’ve been feeling angry because I value our relationship and I’d like to talk about it,” brings healing and solutions. Pretending you’re not angry when you are is basically dishonest. So is exaggeration. “You never listen to me…You always ignore my wishes…Nobody does anything around here except me.” Such generalizations are untrue and serve only to aggravate and polarize, guaranteeing the problem gets obscured and goes unsolved. God’s will is for you to control your anger rather than letting your anger control you.
When it comes to practicing anger management, here are two important Bible principles: (1) Don’t blame people and things. Blaming is a way of evading responsibility while pointing your finger elsewhere. “If only you’d arrive on time, I wouldn’t have to nag you,” or “If you’d quit nagging me, maybe I’d start being on time.” Words like that don’t help, they just antagonize the other person, perpetuate your anger, and fail to get the results you want. (2) Don’t use words as weapons or a form of control. Instead keep your emotions in check and express them in a healthy way. Remember, your goal is to solve the problem and strengthen the relationship, not leave wounds that fester. Is this easy to do? No—that’s why you need God’s help. The Bible says that your words can crush the other person’s spirit (See Pr 18:14), break their heart (See Pr 15:4), and destroy the relationship (See Pr 18:21). Solomon said that angry words “go down into a man’s inmost parts” (Pr 26:22 NIV). What you say can live in the memory of another person their whole life—all the way to the grave. Is that what you want? Surely not! On the other hand, anger properly managed never needs to be regretted or repented of. Learn to discern the difference between the anger you feel and the words you speak. Anger can reveal what needs to be changed in the relationship. So ask God to show you what needs changing—first in yourself, then in the other person.
Devotion//Word For You Today 🙂