You face them everyday and you always feel your blood boiling when you're around them. You try to keep it all in until finally you explode and say words that you end up regretting later. You decided that you're going to be a better person but each day you decide this, something happens and you explode again. Are you tired of exploding? Do you want to have peace with yourself? Many times you feel like it's the other person that needs to change. You feel like if they would change, then things would be better. But what does God say about controlling your anger?
James 1:19 - Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.
- When we get angry, we don't think clearly. We become lost in bitter thoughts and at the moment we aren't focusing on God's word or what Jesus would do in the situation. Instead we're focusing on how to get the person back. In the end we say horrible words and it goes back in forth, like fighting fire with fire. Instead we need to think about the words that we're going to say and think about what's right instead of what FEELS right at the time.
John 3:16 - For God so loved the world so much that he gave his only begotten son so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
- Do you agree that we should be Christ like and love each other regardless of what they've done? Despite all the sins we've done, God loved us anyway and gave up his son that we could all have eternal life. God wants us to be Christ like and realize that even if someone is being rude to us, we have to remember to not do the same thing and choose to love them despite what they're doing.
1 Timothy 2 - I urge you first of all to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf and give thanks to them.
- The best thing that we can do is pray for them. We have to pray that God will help them and have faith that it is all in God's hands.
James 3:17 - But wisdom that comes from above is first of all pure, peace loving, gentle at times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.
- Before you pray to help God control your anger, and for the other person as well, you have to make sure that you're approaching the situation in the right mindset. It's not good to pray while you're angry. Instead approach the situation with your soul and if you're not in the right state of mind, ask others to pray for you until you are calm and can face the situation the right way.
* Controlling your anger is never easy, and facing people that are annoying or say words that hurt you isn't either. But God wants us to put our faith and trust in Him and he promises that he will help us, no matter what the situation is. It might not always happen in the blink of an eye, but he will be there if you talk to Him.