By Temitope Ogunyinka
Colossians 3:8 KJV, But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. [Emphasis Mine]
ANGER. This is something I really want to rid myself of. I’ve had anger issues since I was little and it’s been a thorn in my flesh. Sometimes it’s inconsequential things that get me angry, other times my anger is warranted and after all has been settled . . . I don’t know how to let it go.
It usually takes me awhile to get over what happened ’cause the scenario plays over and over in my mind making it difficult to forget. By all means it’s better for me to avoid anyone who would trigger the fiery side of me, but then life can’t be that way ‘cause no one is an island. No matter where I am there would always be someone who does something I wouldn’t like (we all aren’t the same and have different values and thought patterns). So avoiding the world is not possible. So what do I do?
Ephesians 4 verse 26-27 AMP
26. When angry, do not sin; do not ever let your wrath (your exasperation, your fury or indignation) last until the sun goes down. 27. Leave no [such] room or foothold for the devil [give no opportunity to him].
People would stir up anger, either knowingly or unknowingly… either through speeches or actions that tend to irritate or annoy me. But I realise I have CONTROL over REACTING to whatever anyone does. It’s my choice to get angry or not if someone offends me. There are times I get so angry that unkind words want to escape my lips but I hold them back and cool off a little before thinking up better ways to get my message across. But that is just sometimes, not all the time. Other times I let anger take control and talk.
Anger is something I have to keep fighting and not relent on if I want to have a good relationship with those around me and have a good marriage in the future.
If you’re going through this as well you could repeat the below prayers for yourself:
– Father, please take away the spirit of anger from my life. Destroy it completely.
– Father whatever anyone does to me.. Help me to forgive and let it go easily.
– Father please fill my heart with your love and help me love others as I should.
We can’t stop praying against anger. If we want complete freedom from it we have to pit it away everyday so that it no longer becomes a problem for us.
As much as I can, I would try to not let anger get the best of me. I’m praying about it and reading up articles and highlighting verses in the bible that talk of anger and remembering them, hoping God would help me in getting rid of anger in my life. You could also take time out to highlight verses in the bible and meditate on them so that each time you get angry you remember them.
I would love to hear from you… how do you deal with anger in your life?
Bible Quote for the Day:
Proverbs 16:32 KJV; He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.