Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | February 19, 2019

Handling Anger God’s Way

“For the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” James 1:20 (ESV)

Ever have one of those days when everything seems to be fine and then suddenly BAM! Something happens and you find yourself angry, hurt, frustrated or sad. These feelings can often leave us teetering on the edge between a good or bad reaction. When we face difficulty, it is normal to have negative emotions. Although these feelings are not in themselves sinful, our reactions could easily become sinful if we are not careful. How we handle these situations shows whether we are learning and growing in our faith. It gives others a glimpse of Jesus in action. Lashing out, while feels good at the time, will only produce a worse situation.

So how do we act in righteousness instead of anger? Here are a few ideas that may help:

• First, acknowledge your feelings. Denying these feelings is not handling them and eventually those feelings will resurface.
• Second, try to understand why the situation is really bothering you. Is there something deeper going on? Have you been angry about this same type of situation before? Why?
• Next and most importantly, pray. Ask God to help you with what you are feeling and your response.
• Lastly, focus on the good. Finding things to be thankful for even in a difficult situation can shift your perspective from positive to negative. When our perspective shifts our actions will follow.
• One additional note: If the difficulty you are facing requires a response, wait. It is sometimes best to say nothing and wait until we can get our emotions in check.

I’ll admit I have not followed through on this list as often as I would like. But growth is a process, it doesn’t happen overnight and it can be filled with mistakes. In those times, I simply humble myself, apologize, evaluate where I went off track, and then file it away for next time. And prayerfully next time something comes, as it most assuredly will, I will be a little wiser and better equipped.

“Heavenly Father, thank You for Your word to guide us in our lives daily. Thank You that You are a Father who understands it is hard to face difficulty. Help us to react in a way that is pleasing to /you even in the midst of our emotions. Give us strength to do the right thing despite how we feel.”

For His Glory

Josey Bozzo
TRBC Women’s Life

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