In the Scripture God gives us a simple and practical way to manage anger. He says to be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. It’s hard to listen when you are beginning to get angry but it makes a huge difference. Sometimes I circle back with the person that irritated me with something they said. Then I find out that I misunderstood what was meant by their comment. Listening doesn’t solve all disputes but it does help or even end many. Be slow to speak, is also very helpful. How many times have you regretted what you DIDN’T say? Rarely have I regretted what I didn’t say but oftenI have regretted words I have said in anger. Remember to pause and think before speaking. Finally how can one become slow to become angry. For me I try to focus on the Sovereingty of God. EVERYTHING that happens in my life passes through his hand. I didn’t say he causes everything or that everything is good. But God approved that I would have to deal with it, which means that he can bring good from it. This principle more than any other has helped me to be slow to anger. God’s anger management plan–simple, yet effective.
Under His Mercy,
Derek Dickinson, Minister