Anger is defined as emotional excitement induced by intense displeasure. It is an inflammation in the spirit of a person, and if not curtailed, it can become destructive.
People who struggle with anger finds themselves snapping at slight infractions. When they evaluate the infraction after their temper has settled, they will note that their response was much greater than the infraction necessitated. And although it causes regret, the anger continues to rise when an offense presents itself.
A person who struggles with anger will notice that the people who are closest to them walk on egg shells. No one knows when they’ll blow or what might be the catalyst–so they are constantly handled with kid gloves.
Unfortunately, anger’s effects are far reaching. If children are the objects of anger, they often suffer silently. Their inward brewing eventually manifests itself in harmful ways as they become adults. If a husband is the object of anger, his manhood is whittled down, and he sometimes escapes through means of secrecy and separation in order to assert his masculinity. Yet around the angry wife, he will continue to exhibit a sense of failure and inability to lead. If a wife is the object of anger she will wither and take on unnecessary blame.
Much of anger’s hold is a matter of pattern. A history of handling offenses in a rash or harsh manner has become an ongoing habit. Therefore, to manage anger will mean making changes in pattern, but this will not be enough to taper its detrimental effects.
A change of temperament is necessary to combat this damaging emotion that seems to take on a life of its own. However, this can only be done through transformation in the mind.
God specializes in transforming the mind. A person is not bound by old habits or even old natures. Join us in understanding anger and discovering how we can become even-tempered and gracious people. Faith-Based-Emotional-Sobriety