And "don't sin by letting anger control you. … " - Ephesians 4:26 NLT
Thoughts for Today
Yesterday we looked at the importance of not denying angry feelings. The next step in controlling anger is to control your thoughts. Don't let the anger take over and control your response!
Controlling your thoughts will enable you to control and determine what to say or do. Alert yourself and others to the fact that you are displeased, angry, or upset, but don't take any actions on your immediate feelings.
Be truthful with yourself and others. You might respond by saying, "What you said to me upset me; however, I need to think through my response to you. Maybe we need to talk about this after I clear my thoughts."
Consider this …
Be aware of the situation that angered you, but defer specific action until you think about your feelings and how to respond. Timing your response is important. Prayer will help you clarify the issue and how you are to deal with it.
Father, I really am feeling angry. Help me not to be controlled by the anger. Give me insight into this situation and help me respond in a way that is pleasing to you. In Jesus' name …
These thoughts were drawn from …Anger: Our Master or Our Servant by Larry Heath. This study offers a clear explanation of anger, what causes it, and how to recognize when you are sinning with anger. It not only ministers to church members, but serves as a powerful evangelistic tool. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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