Dealing with Anger

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Anger is like a toxic waste.  Sooner or later it will come out.  When anger is turned inward, emotional exhaustion manifested as depression is often the result.

Eph.4:26, 27 gives us some very valuable steps for dealing with anger.  It states: “In your anger do not sin.  Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.”

The first step in dealing with anger is to be honest and not deny your anger.  People usually relate to anger in one of two ways.  They are either intimidators or enablers.  The intimidator uses anger to intimidate, while the enabler keeps it all inside until an internal explosion has taken place.  Intimidators destroy other people with their anger, while enablers or internalizers destroy themselves and destroy other people by denying that anger exists when asked about it.  Eph.4:26 says: “Be angry but do not sin.”  In other words, you must be honest in admitting that you may be angry, but you may not have all the facts and, as a result, your anger may be on the wrong basis.  That is why Jesus said that if we had anything against anyone, we must go to them, one-on-one, and sort out the facts.

The second step we are given in verse 26 is to not sin in our anger.  We are not told never to get angry, nor are we told to feel guilty over our anger.  Instead we are told to not sin when we are angry. . .

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