"And 'don't sin by letting anger control you.' Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry. - Ephesians 4:26 NLT
Thoughts for Today
When confronted with the fact that a loved one has a life-controlling problem, we usually respond in denial. As we work through the denial stage and begin to accept the facts of what is happening, we become angry. We might direct our anger at God, at the circumstances, or at other people who, in our opinion, should have helped. We might look at our dependent family and even at ourselves. This is a time of great emotional pain.
In our anger, we need to see how we have allowed ourselves to be controlled and preoccupied by our loved one. This anger can become a life-controlling problem of its own in our lives.
Consider this …
If you find yourself in this angry stage, you need to share your feelings with an understanding listener. Be aware of the harm that this anger can do to other relationships, especially to your marriage.
Just keep in mind that these angry feelings are normal, but it is important to work through your feelings and let go of the anger before it consumes you.
Let go and let God.
Father, help me to work through this anger and not allow it to control me. In Jesus' name …
These thoughts were drawn from …Concerned Persons: Because We Need Each Other by Jimmy Ray Lee, D.Min. This study is designed for the many people who have a current or past relationship with a person who has a life-controlling problem. 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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