There are basic emotional reactions that all humans tend to share. The most common are happiness, sorrow, disgust, confusion and the most detrimental – anger. To become frustrated or exasperated are just simple ways in which humans can become angry or even irate. Anger is the mere morph of the flame. It is the easiest emotion to be immersed with, if you allow it.
In James 1:19-20, it says: “My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires”. Additionally in Colossians 3:8, it states: “but now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips”. In Proverbs 22:24, it the Bible even state: “Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man; do not associate with one easily angered”. Furthermore in Psalm 37:8-9: “Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret–it leads only to evil. For evil men will be cut off, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land”.
That strike of the match that lights the flame is the moment evil needs to renounce that inner negativity to overcome you. Next time you get upset or irritated at something, stop and examine a few things.
First ask yourself: “What made me angry?” Identify the root of your frustration.
Second, analyze this rooted issue. Think about how this situation has made you so angry. Is there any way to resolve it? If not, try to brainstorm some ways you could go about the situation differently.
Third, be mindful of your words, deeds and thoughts before, during and after the eruption of anger. Did you say, do or think anything negative before, during or after this situation? If so, consider reconciling with the person involved. It is better to be cognizant of your anger and make attempts to amend the situation before it worsens than to continue in your angered state.
Fourth, make efforts to remember this situation that drove you to anger. Do your best to remember the details leading to this negative experience. Tell God your issue with anger and ask for His help to overcome it for the next time. Know that whatever problems you have, can all be alleviated through the love and compassion of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He can lead our way from darkness and be surrounded in His Light. Always talk to God when times are good and troubling. Turn to Jesus for the strength and support you need to go on with life.