The Danger of Anger

By Senior Apostle Dr. C. Nwosisi, DD

 

Scripture: Ephesians 4:30-32

When you feel angry, how do you respond?  Do you look for someone else to blame?  Do you look inside?  Do you look to God?  Do you look at circumstances? Anger is a very dangerous emotion, and our responds determine if we would experience good outcome or its destructive effects upon others and ourselves.

Anger can be defined as:

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-     Feelings of strong displeasure and antagonism with the desire to do something in response to these feelings.

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-    The emotion of instant displeasure on account of something evil that presents itself to our view. In itself it is an original   susceptibility of our nature, just as love is, and is not necessarily sinful. It may, however, become sinful when causeless, or excessive, or protracted (Matt. 5:22; Eph. 4:26; Col. 3:8). As ascribed to God, it merely denotes his displeasure with sin and with sinners (Ps. 7:11).

Some advantages of Anger:

bullet It warns that something on the inside is not right.
bullet It can move us out of our comfort zone to accomplish and achieve things.

Some symptoms of anger include:

bullet Rage is uncontrolled or explosive anger and is usually the result of a longstanding issue. Rage can also be viewed as open warfare against another.
bullet Resentment is suppressed or repressed anger. We might think of resentment as guerrilla warfare. It is passive aggression and possibly worse than rage.
bullet Indignation directed toward conditions or circumstances, not directly at another person. It can lead to trying to do something to right a wrong (e.g. having an abortion.)

Anger can be triggered by:

bullet Remembering past hurts
bullet Rejection
bullet Not getting oneís way
bullet Feeling threatened
bullet Fear of losing something

Anger can have lasting effects on our lives if we donít deal with it properly.

bullet The physical effects of anger are both immediate and long-term.  God didnít build the body to handle anger.  Itís devastating to the body to carry an unforgiving spirit.
bullet Unforgiveness divides people Ė friendships, churches, etc.
bullet Passive aggression occurs when weíre angry about something but express our negative feelings in indirect or passive ways (e.g. a husband is angry with wife so he is late for dinner or he stops speaking to her).
bullet Depression can be chemical, but most often itís the result of unresolved conflict in a personís heart.

What must we do to control our anger?

bullet Forgive others just as God forgave you.
bullet Own up to your anger.
bullet Identify the source of your anger so donít misdirect your response.
bullet Deal with anger quickly Ė you have the Holy Spirit within you to give you self-control.
bullet Learn to identify the things that cause you to be angry.

 

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