Has anyone ever said you have a short fuse? God’s power and strength will help you hold back your anger and emotions. There are ways to develop your muscles of patience, to lengthen your fuse.
Don’t give in to venting your anger. Instead pray on the spot and ask God to give you His patience.
Avoid conflicts as much as possible. When things heat up, excuse yourself and walk away.
Don’t be the cause of an argument. Think before you speak your responses and react to others.
Follow Jesus’ example. First Peter 2:22-23 tells us that Jesus “‘committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.’ When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats.”
God will help you respond like Jesus. When you’re injured by others or flat out annoyed by them, turn your bad temper and your hurt feelings heavenward. With God’s help you’ll have the power of patience. Memorize this verse to help you along:
A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense. (Proverbs 19:11)
Types of Anger:
- Behavioural Anger
- Verbal Anger
- Retaliatory Anger
- Self-Inflicted Anger
- Judgmental Anger
- Constructive Anger
- Paranoid Anger
- Deliberate Anger
- Passive Anger
- Chronic Anger
Easy Steps to Let Go of Anger:
- Remember you are responsible for your action and your reactions.
- You become a servant to whatever controls you
- Only fools allow anger to control them
- Take a deep breath, reassess the situation and you will discover it is not so bad.
- Slowly repeat a calming word or phrase,such as “relax” or “take it easy.” Keep repeating it to yourself while breathing deeply
- Learn to keep quite when you are anger and this attitude becomes a source of strength.
- Visualize a beautiful experience from your memory or create an imagination that makes you happy.
- Remember decision taken in anger does not produce the needed result.
- Try non-strenuous, slow exercises.Yoga and similar activities can relax your muscles and calm you down.
Dear Lord, lead me away from my first response when people are slow, unfair, unjust, or unkind. I need your help to be more like Jesus. Amen.