Forgive.  If your anger is caused by bitterness over people who have hurt or offended you, choose to forgive them with God's help to free yourself from destructive anger.  Replace your anger with trust in God's love, work to restore the relationships when possible, and rejoice that God will bring something good out of what you've suffered in the past when you're faithful to forgive.

Deal wisely with hot-tempered people.  Set boundaries to protect yourself from being burned by the flames of other people's out-of-control anger.  Stay calm when around someone in a rage; don't allow someone else's anger to ignite your own.  Leave immediately if you feel threatened.  If you must deal with an unhealthy angry person on a regular basis (such as your spouse or boss), seek support from friends, family members, your pastor, a counselor, and even the police if necessary to protect yourself against physical violence.

Fight for what's right.  Channel the anger you feel about injustice into positive change whenever you can.  Ask God to help you identify your goal (concentrating on what you actually can achieve, rather than changes that are beyond your power).  Pray for God to empower you to fulfill His purposes in the situation.  Use your anger as motivation to fight for justice - God's will - to be done.

January 14, 2010

Adapted from Keeping Your Cool When Your Anger is Hot: Practical Steps to Temper Fiery Emotions, copyright 2009 by June Hunt.  Published by Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, Or., www.harvesthousepublishers.com.

June Hunt is the founder of Hope for the Heart, a worldwide biblical counseling ministry that provides numerous resources for people seeking help. She hosts a live, two-hour call-in counseling program called Hope in the Night, and is the author of Counseling through Your Bible Handbook and How to Handle Your Emotions