Do you have anger issues? I didn't think I did until my health went down the proverbial toilet. Actually, it was my chronic pain/fatigue that shed a very bright light on my anger issues. But, oh how I justified myself -26 "In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. Ephesians 4:26-27
It's like riding a bike
- To behave well when you are calm?
- To try to behave well after getting really upset?
Too high a price to pay
Understanding the enemy
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8
Think about a few of your more memorable hissy fits. How did they start? Was it a sudden bad event, or did you work your way up to it? If you are like me, 9 times out of 10, it starts with something minor. Instead of dealing with it or letting it go, I keep thinking about it, which fuels the fire burning inside me. Then, I rally people around me who will take my side (justification is a key component), and by the time I blow up, that little molehill has turned into a big, ugly mountain!
I completely get it when the Apostle Paul voiced his frustration over wanting to do the right thing, but instead did the very thing he hated (see Romans 7:15). I want to handle issues calmly and with love, but once anger hits, all bets are off. My only solace is if Jesus could use Paul in a mighty way, then there's hope for me yet.
Living in victory
Are you struggling with anger issues? What steps could you take today to help you gain victory over them?