W. Austin Gardner
Dealing with Anger in our lives
I studied through a book by Christian counselor June Hunt. The study is called: Biblical Counseling Keys on Anger: Facing the Fire Within. Dallas, TX: Hope For The Heart, 2008.
Talking too much is often what gets me in trouble as well as others. The Bible says that it is the fool that says everything that he is thinking. I need to filter my thoughts and my mouth. The wise keep what they think in till later. Proverbs 29:11 I am afraid that I have acted the part of the fool many times.
June Hunt says that Moses was angry because he felt he wasn’t being treated correctly. Moses felt like his brothers and sisters should have understood what he was doing. Acts 7:25
When I have that expectation, I can get angry and defensive. There is no excuse for this, and just like Moses, we will suffer the consequences of our anger.
If we get angry quickly or easily, then we do foolish things.
Proverbs 14:17. We get angry and think we are right because, in our pride, we think we are special and doing something special.
Like another writer said, “Anger is a strong emotion of irritation or agitation that occurs when a need or expectation is not met.”
Maybe like me, you live with too many expectations. We feel like people should understand. We feel like somehow we deserve something, which lets us be foolishly led into the sin of anger and self-defense.
Then all of a sudden, our expectations that may have led to anger start stirring up strife, fussing, fighting, and bad attitudes. That causes sin to abound. Proverbs 29:22
All of us want to be slow to anger and probably believe that we are. When we are slow to anger, then we calm the fights and bring peace. When we think of ourselves and feel justified in our anger, we stir up strife. Proverbs 15:18
Thank God that the Lord is full of grace, compassion, slow to anger, and of great mercy. That is precisely how we all want to live. Psalm 145:8