Slow To Anger

Anger Management

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Proverbs 14:29

He who is slow to anger has great understanding, But he who is quick-tempered exalts folly.

This is another one that seems obvious but is easier said than done.  How do you stop yourself from getting angry?  It is tricky, but it isn’t impossible.  There are moments when you can feel the frustration building up inside you where you are conscious of the fact that you are getting angry.  At that moment, you can make a decision to keep getting more angry or to walk away and take a moment to breathe and count to 10.  And it would be wise to do this earlier in the process rather than later, because like a rock rolling down a hill, it only gets harder to stop once it really gets going.

I’m no psychologist and I haven’t taken any anger management courses, but I do know that the Lord wants us to be slow to anger.  So my best advice is to seek him out for assistance.  In those moments when you are counting to 10, try saying a little prayer as well.  I know those aren’t the moments when you feel close to God or perhaps even worthy of his presence, but they are also the times when you need him the most.  He’ll honor your intention even if you have just unleashed a verbal sin-filled assault on someone.

We can do all things through the strength of the Lord, and we can stop ourselves from unrighteous anger by relying on the wisdom of the Lord.  And wouldn’t you know it, that makes us wise too.

It is amazing what clarity we have when our eyes aren’t blinded by anger.  I’m sure I don’t have to remind you how true the last half of the verse is.


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