"But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves" James 1:22 NLT
Thoughts for Today
God wants to help us control our anger. To be angry but not sin. Anger management is ultimately a function of spiritual maturity. As we grow and develop in our relationship with God by living a consistent Christian life, we will be able to control our anger and use it as a gift from God. This takes time and discipline and often requires help from others.
Who is responsible for our anger problems? It is easy to point the finger at others, but it is important for us to accept responsibility for controlling our anger. Not to just listen to God's Word... but to do what it says.
We should consider ways not only to control anger but also to prevent it. We must work on controlling anger when we are in quiet periods—not when we are already angry. For the rest of this week we will look at just a few ways that can help us balance our lives so we don't misuse anger or sin with it. Do these things during times of less conflict and reduced anger so you will be more able to manage the times when anger rears its head.
The first key is to keep your life balanced and purposeful. Maintain goals in your life—physical, spiritual, intellectual, and social. Stay active!
Another key step is not to neglect your physical health, diet, rest, diversion from routine. Plan times to enjoy God's beauty outdoors. Reading good books, meditation on God's Word, quiet times, and healthy walks and talks with family and friends help lower anger levels. Develop a suitable hobby.
Prayerfully consider these and other steps we will mention this week. Ask God to help you form a plan, taking one step at a time. Begin today to take responsibility for controlling your anger and using it as a gift from God.
Father, show me what I need to do to better manage my anger. Help me not to be overwhelmed. Guide me and help me do this one step at a time. In Jesus' name.
These thoughts were drawn from… Anger: Our Master or Our Servant by Larry Heath. This study offers a clear explanation of anger, what causes it, and how to recognize when you are sinning with anger. It not only ministers to church members, but serves as a powerful evangelistic tool. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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