Friday, November 12, 2010

Don't Be So Angry!

"Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret—it only causes harm." Psalm 37:8

"A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger." Proverbs 15:1

Did you know that the word 'Anger' originated from the extinct word 'Angust' which literally means 'to anguish'?

Have you ever been so upset at something, or perhaps even worse, someone that you could not hold back anymore and just blew up, saying something you wish you could take back? Unfortunately, I think it is safe to say that at one point in our lives, we all have. Someone wise once said, "Speak when you are angry, and you'll give the best speech you'll ever regret." Some of us have a lifetime of regrets weighing us down.

Anger comes in many different forms and wears many different masks. We can experience it in an obvious, overt manner such as rage, or perhaps belligerence. While this is the most common form of anger associated with this particular emotion, it is by far not the only form. We can also experience it in less obvious ways, such as hurt, anxiety, or sadness. Regardless of the mask it wears it is essentially the same thing-hurt, or anguish.

If we can learn to control our hurt or 'anguish' when dealing with upsetting circumstances, if we can learn to remove ourselves emotionally from upsetting events, then we can learn to control our anger. Psalm 37:8 deals with this directly in telling us not to fret, that it only causes harm. If we do not allow ourselves to fret, then we will better manage our tongue, not living with the guilt of angry words. Winston Churchill once said, "A man is about as big as the things that make him angry."

What are we letting get us angry? What is so big that it affects our lives so much that it causes us such deep anguish? Are we allowing other people to put this hurt in our lives? When we do allow them to do that, we give them power over our lives.

Instead, live a righteous life. Live a Godly life.

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