Sunday, September 5, 2010

Anger Management

In the 1800's, a ship in the Atlantic encountered a bad storm. The crew heard crashing sounds below and hurried down to discover that a cannon had broken loose. As the ship went up and down over the waves, the cannon was rolling back and forth, ramming into the sides of the ship. The sailors were able to secure the cannon and get it under control.

It's not the storms on the outside that destroys us, but the storms on the inside. When our anger gets out of control, it becomes like the loose cannon that tears us up inside. If we don't get it under control, it will sink us. So how can we manage our anger?

1.We must find the cause of our anger. God asked Cain, "Why are you angry?" (Gen. 4:6) A mechanic has to figure out what's causing the car problem before he can fix it. You must find out what's causing you to be mad by looking deep within. The problem may not be with the other guy, but your unrealistic expectations of others.

2.We must choose to respond in the right way. God then told Cain, "If you do what is right, will you not be accepted?" (Gen 4:7). We can choose to respond in the right way or the wrong way. Cain could have responded correctly, but he ignored God's advice and murdered his brother Abel instead.

3.We must divorce ourselves from anger. Eph. 4:31 says, "Let all bitterness and wrath and anger. . . be put away from you, along with all malice." Maybe if more people divorced themselves from their anger, there would be less divorces. Paul tells us to separate ourselves from "all" wrath, anger, and malice. By cooperating with the Holy Spirit you can let go of your hostility, which is robbing you of your happiness.

To hear the entire message on managing your anger, go to
"Anger Management."
Keep looking up,
Kent