Anger is a God-given emotion and an important aspect of addressing perceived wrongs. God’s Word gives instruction regarding anger that we are to learn to express our anger in constructive ways:
“Be angry, and do not sin.” Ephesians 4:26
How we handle our anger can have either positive or negative consequences. Some common responses to anger are: aggression, venting verbally, withdrawal, self-criticism or self-blame, and passive aggression.
Some questions to ask in order to deal with anger positively:
What is making me feel angry? Why am I feeling anger and not some other emotion? Am I jumping to conclusions about the situation or person who is making me feel angry? Is there something about this situation that threatens me and makes me feel afraid or inferior? Did my anger come because I had some unrealistic expectation? How might others, including the person who angered me, view this situation? Is there another way to look at the situation? Are there things I can do to change the situation in order to reduce my anger?
Learning to process our anger directly and clearly will enable us to be healthier physically, mentally, and emotionally.
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