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Unbiblical Responses to Anger
We cannot solve our anger problems in our own strength. We must cry out for Gods mercy.
Family Counseling Ministries -
People deal with anger in many unbiblical ways. As you read through the following list of sinful responses, consider whether or not you have been guilty of endorsing these methods of handling anger, as acceptable options.
An angry person:
A Christian must never blame his anger on someone or something else.
Many Christians justify their anger and bitterness with unbiblical excuses. They claim, for example, that other people or certain situations are to blame for their anger. They believe that they are not responsible. Someone or something made them get angry. The truth is that no one can make us angry. We choose to get angry and we can choose to handle our anger in a way that is destructive or in a way that honors God.
Still another false justification for anger is the belief that we have a right to get angry if the circumstances of our past or our present seem unfair. We tend to wallow in anger and self-pity if our upbringing, for example, was less than ideal. We have been dealt a bad hand in life and we cant be expected to be as loving and pleasant as people who have been given all the breaks.
When we allow ourselves to think in this manner we are guilty of selfishly living to please ourselves. We should heed the words or Galatians 5:17, For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.
We cannot solve our anger problem in our own strength. We must cry out for Gods mercy and grace.
When we focus on ourselves, our attempts to solve our problem of bitterness and anger will be based on mans wisdom and will lead to further selfishness. We must rely solely upon the Lord and the instructions for overcoming anger that we find in His Word, if we desire to handle anger in a way that brings glory to God.