Have you ever known someone who gets angry over the slightest trifle? Everything makes them blow their cork, and they chalk this off as part of their personality. I’m Irish, and I think anger is considered a family trait among people from the Emerald Isle. I think this is nothing more than a lame excuse for a life that is out of sorts.
Anger hurts our relationships and our health.
Anger takes a toll on our relationships and our health. AAA recently reported that as many as 1200 serious incidents of road rage occur on America’s highways every year. Angry people intentionally smash into others, intimidate them with firearms, or beat their cars with golf clubs.
Research studies have proven that angry people suffer from higher blood pressures, heart rates, testosterone, and cortisol responses than people who know how to deal with their frustrations.
Everyone gets angry.
It’s important to understand that it’s okay to get angry. Everyone does from time to time. Anger is our heart’s way of telling us that something needs attention. It’s how we deal with our anger that determines whether or not we enjoy positive relationships and good health.
Romans 1:18 (NIV) tells us that God gets angry: But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness.
The Bible also tells us that Jesus got angry. Mark 11:15-17 (NIV) recalls the story of Jesus’ reaction to the anger he felt when he discovered people using the temple as a marketplace:
When they arrived back in Jerusalem, Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out the people buying and selling animals for sacrifices. He knocked over the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves, and he stopped everyone from using the Temple as a marketplace. He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves.”
God made us in his image; therefore it is natural for us to feel angry at times. Anger is our built-in warning signal that tells us when something is not consistent with God’s Word. If we respond to it properly, anger can help us to get things changed.
Are you struggling with chronic anger? Take some time today to write down the things that really steam your clams. Ask God to help you identify the deeper anger that you may have pushed into the dark recesses of your memory as a result of abuse.
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