Tips to Control Your Anger

Practical techniques drawn from the Bible to help you handle your emotions and live a happier life.

By Norman Vincent Peale

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When was the last time you became angry, when you got really mad about something? Was it a month ago? A week? Within the last 10 minutes? How did you handle it?

It matters a great deal what you do when you become angry. You can stir up trouble, make enemies, ruin chances or make yourself sick. But by properly handling your anger, you can keep situations under control, cement friendships, win respect and stay healthy.

The Bible assures us that “Good sense makes a man slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense”(Proverbs 19:11).

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When anger washes over you, just say to yourself, “It is stupid to get mad. It won’t get me anywhere except into trouble. The momentary satisfaction of letting go isn’t worth the difficulties I will experience as a result.” Take a minute and talk yourself into being sensible. This procedure will slow down your anger reactions and help you rise above insults or aggravations. “Let every man be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger” (James 1:19).

The longer you can keep quiet, the more effective your reactions will be. Don’t say the sharp words, don’t make the quick retort, don’t write that nasty letter (or if you do, tear it up). Say nothing. Keep quiet. Make no reply. Practice the great strategy of delay.

“Do not let the sun go down on your anger” (Ephesians 4:26). Empty your anger out every night to keep it from accumulating. In your prayers, drain off any anger that may be lingering in your mind. Forgive everybody; tomorrow is another day. Start it fresh, with a mind focused on the positive things in your life.

 

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Yes, anger can be lethal and lead to verbal abuse and physical abuse.This is extremely dangerous and leaves the persons feeling terrible and scarred.I have seen anger at work in myself and in family and it has damaged the people involved.When angry, calm yourself and count to 10 and take a deep breath.That should help.

This is one of the harder lessons to learn, for me. Six months ago I started on a long journey with the Lord on handling transgressions the right and wrong way. I had just handled one the wrong way. :) But thanks be to God, he has shown me the correct response and stepping back from the situation and saying nothing and turning it over to the Lord is always the correct response. God loves us all, even the transgressor.

Sometimes I feel so out of control that all these things that sound sensible now to do I can't think straight to do them. help!

Its not worth staying angry. It just eats a person alive.
And in fact the other person one is angry at has moved on, and is not even thinking about what happened. And your just rolling it over and over again in your mind.
Give the situation over to the Lord, and he will take care of it.

I STAY ANGRY ALL THE TIME. I DONT KNOW HOW TO HANDLE IT. IVE BEEN ANGRY ALL MY LIFE. FOR ONCE I WOULD LIKE TO BE HAPPY, ENJOY LIFE.

Hi Christina mancilias being angry is an emotion which is fed by a number of things which you may or may not even be aware of especially since it has been over a period of time.My son gets angry and frustrated and I ask him what is wrong and he can't explain, so I pray usually with his younger brother that God will give his inner spirit peace and also to remove embedded pain and burdens which are causing this .I pray the same for you so you may enjoy the peace of the Lord upon you life now and always,if you can read Psalm 23 for guidance .Say it is well with your soul always. Sharon

I STAY ANGRY ALL THE TIME. I DONT KNOW HOW TO HANDLE IT. IVE BEEN ANGRY ALL MY LIFE. FOR ONCE I WOULD LIKE TO BE HAPPY, ENJOY LIFE.

I try to give it to God. He is awesome. Trust in him always. I get more hurt than angry. Sometimes when I dont understand things at first. Just letting go & let God. It may take some time,but trust in him. Also take one day at a time.Believe Let go!!! Take care p.s. I am a worry wart,but I am learning day by day that it dont help. I am still learning.