Your heart starts to race! Your adrenaline begins pumping faster and faster! You begin to feel a white hot feeling in the pit of your stomach! Your eyebrows begin to point in a downward fashion! Smoke begins to blow out of your ears! Your tongue begins to become wound up to spew out words of fire! Your thoughts begin to become increasingly more negative! Your eyes become focused and ready to perceive! Your muscles tense! Your hands Clinch! You feel yourself getting upset and irritated. You are tempted to lash out at the person in front of you! And then you finally blurt out, "Please, don't make me angry! You won't like me when I'm angry!"
In looking at the pillars of health, avoiding deadly emotions is definitely an important pillar to aim to adhere too. Avoiding deadly emotions like anger can help in living a reduced stressed life and help raise the quality level of living tremendously. Life is too short to live in anger, but it seems to be easier said then done these days. There seems to be so many things to be angry about. My favorite politician didn't win the election this year. My kids are acting crazy this morning. I can't believe this guy just cut me off in traffic like that! Why did you de-friend me on Facebook, man! You did what with who?! What in the world is congress doing with all our tax money?! Why is my car acting up so much?! What's up with "Uncle Sam" taking all my money, I got kids to feed! Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera! There seems to be no end to situations and circumstances in which this deadly emotion can manifest. We live in a society that is fertile ground for anger, and the enemy of our souls is very good at making sure that things stay that way. Anger is not in and of itself a bad emotion, but when not dealt with in a proper manner it can lead to a number of issues wrecking havoc on our health and relationships in a number of ways.
Many of us have experienced anger at some point in our lives, and I'm pretty sure it's safe to say that we'll continue to experience it as life goes on. This is a very volatile emotion, which can upset and enrage us so that we are tempted to do destructive things that will destroy our relationships, our marriage, our family, our career, and countless other areas of our lives. Words said in the heat of anger many times bring cause for regret later. Wrongful anger does not accomplish the purposes of God. It's important to remember when tempted, not to become angry, for yet while we were enemies to Jesus, He died for us. Jesus has been patient and kind with each and every one of us. This should cause us to want to have compassion on others. The Bible speaks highly of those who are slow to anger. Wrongful anger is destructive to ones health and well-being, but anger expressed in its proper form can be helpful, constructive, and life saving.
Anger is a strong feeling of displeasure and belligerence aroused by a wrong; wrath; ire. And according to the Easton's Bible Dictionary there's quite a bit that can be said about it from a biblical standpoint.
Anger is 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 (Matthew5:22; Ephesians 4:26; Colossians 3:8). As ascribed to God, it merely denotes his displeasure with sin and with sinners (Psalms. 7:11)
The Bible admonishes us to be slow to anger not giving in to the temptation to lash out with our words and actions bringing destruction to our relationships and connections, but we are to try and remember that we are children of light who are to always be living epistles of love. In a spirit of love we are to give the other party the benefit of the doubt while being slow to anger and work to not live lives of anger. It's one thing to experience it and come to healthy resolutions about what got you angry in the first place. It's another thing to live lives of anger being hot tempered ready to explode at every turn. It can be bad for your health in body, soul, and spirit. Thus, we are to practice being slow to anger and working towards resolutions in a civilized manner verses exploding or holding on to it and letting it fester.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Proverbs 16:32 He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.
Ephesians 4:31-32 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
In short, we must remember that anger if not dealt with properly can be a deadly emotion working against our health diminishing our quality of life. Words said in the heat of anger many times bring cause for regret later. Wrongful anger does not accomplish the purposes of God. It is important to remember when tempted, not to become angry, that while we were enemies to Jesus, He died for us. Jesus has been patient and kind with each and every one of us. This should cause us to want to have compassion on others. The Bible speaks highly of those who are slow to anger and it behooves us to give practice to being patient with one another and providing much margin for mistakes and growth. The words, "I'm sorry!," should be the most used words in our vocabulary. May the grace of our Lord Jesus keep you and give you peace Amen! Places don't forget to sign up for our monthly news letter in the right hand margin to receive useful information, tips, and suggestions for wellness living!
Sources: King James Version Bible
Article by Dr. Mercola
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