In your Anger, Do not Sin

In your anger, do not sin

Lately, my patience has been running out fast more than it used to. Probably because of overfatigue from work and lack of sleep.

God reminded me that when He created us with the capacity for strong emotions, it is our responsibility to control them instead of allowing them to control us.

Anger and bitterness are two noticeable signs of being focused on self and not trusting God’s sovereignty in our life. Believing that God causes all things to work together for good to those who belong to Him and love Him, we can respond to trials with joy instead of anger or bitterness. 

How to Control Emotions

1. Be focused. 
Take a deep breath and focus on the peace of God.
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. (Psalm 37:8)

2.Be understanding.  
Listen for the purpose of understanding.
Everyone should be quick to listen.(James 1:19)

3. Be kind.  Smile! :) 
It is hard to stay upset when you are smiling. 
Give a friendly smile of understanding, appreciation, or patience as you listen to the other side of the story.
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.(Proverbs 15:1)

4. Be ready. 
Pray constantly.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you cultivate the habits that encourage peace – not anger. 
Memorize Scripture.
The Word of God is a powerful weapon in dealing with and managing our emotions.
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.(1 Peter 5:8)

5.Be still.
Incorporate frequent and regular “stops” into y our schedule.
Set aside time simply to be still and hear the voice of God.
Be still and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10)

6.  Be quiet. 
Our first action should be to Stop and Think instead of rushing to respond in a way that could escalate tension or provoke an offensive response from others. 
Listen to the other person before responding.
Everyone should be slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.(James 1:19-20)
Wisdom is doing the right thing at the right time for the right reason. (Proverbs 25:28)
Like a city whose walls are broken down, is a man who lacks self-control.
Give yourself time to consider why you are upset and what you should do to handle it in a way that pleases God. 
In your anger, do not sin … search your hearts and be silent.(Psalm 4:4 )

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