What Does God Say About ….

I get this question a lot.  Everyone wants to know what God says about “their issue.”  So, I thought I might take some time to address a few issues, one post at a time.  If you feel compelled to ask about a particular issue, please comment below and I will try to address it in a future post. 

I’ll address anger in this first posting.  Anger is really an involuntary response to a negative event.  It is completely normal to feel angry when involved in or being witness to sin, on any level.  It is only when we act out or behave out of anger that it can become dangerous.  Ephesians 4:26 states, “Be angry, and do not sin.”  “Be angry,” meaning feel angry, but do not act or behave with anger.  Some examples of acting out in anger include bad language, temper-tantrums, hostility, and physically or emotionally acting out on or toward another person.  “Put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language,” (Colossians 3:8.) 

Proverbs 29:11 says, “A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.”  So, how do we accomplish this?  The first step is to try to figure out what your triggers are.  This means, find out what events cause you to act out in anger.  Once you have identified your triggers, pray about how God can help you to respond in a more God-pleasing way.  Part of this is learning how best to respond in negative situations.

The first step in doing this is to change your thought pattern.  Start with one trigger at a time and write down what your thoughts are about that trigger.  Next, think whether these thoughts are warranted and logical.  Most often, the thoughts that produce negative feelings and behaviors are not logical.  If your thoughts about the trigger become logical, your feelings and behaviors will also become more logical. 

These steps can be taken on your own, but often can be more easily accomplished with the assistance of a professional.  I treat patients more often than not that have been raised with the idea that anger is bad.  As a result, the proper reactions to anger are not taught and illogical thinking develops.  We are all sinners.  However, there is forgiveness and healing in sin.  If you struggle with negative response to anger, consider getting some help with the process of forgiveness and healing.


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