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Human Emotion #1 Anger

The definition from Wikipedia on anger is

Anger is an emotional state that may range from minor irritation to intense rage. The physical effects of anger include increased heart rate, blood pressure, and levels of adrenaline and noradrenaline. Some view anger as part of the fight or flight brain response to the perceived threat of harm. Anger becomes the predominant feeling behaviorally, cognitively, and physiologically when a person makes the conscious choice to take action to immediately stop the threatening behavior of another outside force. The English term originally comes from the term angry of Old Norse language. Anger can lead to many things physically and mentally.

A quick search of Anger Management on Amazon.com returns 14,399 books on the topic. Including “Anger Management for Dummies”. One would have to be a dummie to turn to that book when there is one book that has all the answers around anger. That book is the Bible. Anger appears over 270 times in the Bible and the vast majority revolve around God’s righteous anger at His sinful, disobedient children.

Some words of wisdom from the book of Proverbs:
Proverbs 15:1

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Proverbs 29:11

A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.

Instructions on dealing with anger from the New Testament.
1 Corinthians 13:4-6

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

Ephesians 4:26

“In your anger do not sin” : Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,

Ephesians 4:31

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.

Colossians 3:8

But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.

The following verse is probably the most devastating verse that one can read. It really cuts to the heart of anger in our lives.
James 1:20

for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.

If anger keeps us from living the life that God desires for us, then maybe we need to heed His words.

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August 23, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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