What causes anger? In reality, the answer could be “nothing.” We might think that a rude driver or unfair criticism or a friend’s betrayal angers us, but the anger is actually our own doing. It’s our response to various situations that create anger.
Many factors can stimulate anger. The behavior we learned in childhood, a pressured work environment, poor health, or medicines we take can cause our temper to flare more easily, but only if we allow them to.
When someone insults us or treats us badly, we can choose how to respond. If we have feelings of anger, we can choose how to express that anger. The Bible tells us, “Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger.” Ephesians 4:26.
God has given us free will to control our feelings, thoughts, and actions. No matter what our background or the current circumstance, we are responsible for our own behavior.
None of us express our feelings appropriately all the time, but, “I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.” Philippians 4:13.
The Bible says, “Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger
resides in the lap of fools” Ecclesiastes 7:9. Ask God to help you make anger your servant instead of your master.
For His Glory,
Pastor Bernie Miller