God Shows Us How to Initiate Forgiveness

Ephesians 4:33 Did you know that you can be angry and not sin? In fact, Paul commands us to do just that in Ephesians 4.

Momentary anger alerts us to a hurt that needs attention. However, the key to healthy resolution of anger is anchored in our relationship with God, not with people.

When we see others as valued creations of God, and especially when we embrace them as members of Christ’s body, honest communication reflecting God’s love for us is the starting point for resolving anger. Addressing our hurt promptly blocks a devilish foothold for malignant consequences of unresolved anger.

Anger Language Can Get Lost in Translation

Angry word bubbleDid you know that there are different anger languages?

Explosive anger is the most obvious, triggering an emotional grenade that sprays shrapnel on those closest to the anger. The exploder feels momentary relief, but others dive for cover, eventually returning to the routines of life, yet walking on eggshells in fear of another outburst.

Suppressed anger is harder to see. It even feels spiritual to “control” your anger. This also has a steep price, either eruptions of accumulated anger at unusual moments or deepening depression for those effective at stuffing their rage.

Cool Off the 'Soup' with God's Wisdom

Soup of the Day... Grievances & GrudgesDid you know that unresolved anger can have poisonous consequences for families?

The biblical commands for fathers focus on anger issues. If we ignore anger’s beneficial exposure of wounds that require attention, the resulting turmoil becomes a soup of real and perceived grievances and grudges. Perhaps the most destructive result of this caustic pattern is that bitterness blinds people to their own hurtful tendencies.

Anger: God's Warning System

Security System "Anger! Anger! Anger! Please Disarm"Did you know that anger is inevitable?

Anger is the human response to hurt in a world of multifaceted wounds. It is God’s warning system, alerting us to emotional, relational or spiritual injuries which require prompt attention. Avoiding these distress signals allows the initial damage to metastasize into bitterness or spiral downward toward depression.

When relationships are wounded, we often seek to stifle that pain with busyness or addictive behaviors, unleashing a cycle of hurt and anger that can impact generations.

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