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Anger & Conflict

Anger & Conflict

“My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life of God.” James 1:19-20 NIV

The bible guides us with many Scriptures concerning Anger & Conflict. For as long as you live, conflict to some degree will be certain. How you respond to conflict is a choice. Sometimes that choice is anger that manifests in any number of ways. The behavior of our anger is often a reflection of our own life experiences in how we have seen others react with anger. Rather than going into the psychology of anger or the reasons for it, we simply want to emphasize that the bible repeatedly instructs us to control our anger and that anger is not healthy to our life. Anger is a natural emotion but can be destructive to ourselves and others if not harnessed and controlled tactfully. Anger has the power change the world but should always be constructive in nature. In other words, work toward channeling anger to motivate you to focus on possibilities and opportunities for both personal growth and correcting the circumstances that triggered the anger. Keep in mind that for every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of joy. The best resolution for anger is always the fruit of the spirit (love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control).

Sometimes resolving destructive anger is simply a function of learning better communication skills and breaking bad habits. Excessive alcohol and substance abuse are also contributing factors in destructive anger behavior. When faced with a personal confrontation, remember that you never know what others are going through. Is the person who has angered you simply having a bad day? Remain aware of your own anger stages and know when you need to defuse your temper. Sometimes it’s best to just “cool down” and seek God in the moment. You can revisit conversations or situations after time to measure the best way to respond. Do all that you can tactfully and trust in God to take care of the rest.

***If destructive or out of control anger is a concern or reality in your life, we encourage you to consider seeking a Christian professional anger management counselor.

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Anger & Conflict

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