Proverbs 29:11, “Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.”
Anger. It is an emotion caused when something we value has been threatened. It is inescapable. It is an emotion we all feel at some point and time in our lives. Anger is inevitable.
I heard a story once of a father who was a good golfer and had taught his young son the game as well. One afternoon he told his son to show a group of people what to do when you land in a sand trap. “Son, show them what I taught you,” he coaxed.
Without hesitation, the young boy pick up the sand wedged and hurled it up into the air like a boomerang.
You will feel anger in your lifetime repeatedly; it is what you do with that anger that matters. How we handle anger is probably one of the most important aspects of our character.
I have a friend who says, “You never really know the true character of a person until you see them handle anger. How they handle anger says a lot about who they are.”
We cannot control what other people do to us. We cannot control what they say; or how they treat us; or even how they interact with us. What we can control is how we respond when it hurts us. God does not tell us not to be angry. He tells us how to manage it in a manner that honors Him.
Talk to God today about your anger. Anger is a learned response – and if something can be learned it can also be unlearned. If you have issues with anger, it’s time to get it ironed out.
Psalms 37:8 Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
Proverbs 15:18 A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.
Proverbs 29:22 A man of wrath stirs up strife, and one given to anger causes much transgression.