Anger is a completely normal, usually healthy, human emotion. When it gets out of control and turns destructive, it can lead to problems. Anger can be a good thing. It can give you a way to express negative feelings, or motivate you to find solutions. But in the heat of the moment, it’s easy to say something you’ll later regret.
Many times when people show anger, it’s because they are feeling fear or perceive a threat, and they are responding with a fight response to this. They could also be feeling dissatisfied or frustrated with how their life is going. People’s anger levels can change according to whatever is going on in their life.
If anger is not managed well, it can have an impact of your relationships, as well as on your physical, mental and emotional health. Holding on to anger can cause problems, because it can come out in ways you don’t expect and that are hurtful to yourself or others.
Your anger is not just about you and all the frustrating things that happen to you. It’s not just about you and your cranky personality. And it’s not just about you and all the unreasonable people in your life. It’s about you, those frustrating circumstances, all those unreasonable people … and the living God. It’s about you acting like you are in charge of God’s world and other people. But God is in charge. Jesus says, “Blessed are the peace-makers because they will be called the sons of God” (Matthew 5:9).
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