Fools give full vent to their rage,
but the wise bring calm in the end. Proverbs 29:11
An angry person stirs up conflict,
and a hot-tempered person commits many sins. Proverbs 29:22
I will be the first to admit that I have a short fuse to go with my red hair. Anger is something that I struggle with – and I’m usually set of by stupid things that shouldn’t matter. It usually goes along with that “not holding my tongue” problem and I feel terrible afterwards.
So how do we let go of our anger and bring on the calm?
Many of the same things that help us develop patience apply here too. When you are feeling angry, take a figurative step back and assess the situation. Why is this so upsetting to you? What is the best way to handle this without turning into the Wicked Witch of the West? Would it help to take a mommy time out? When I was young, I had an organ in my bedroom, and playing it would always help me calm down. Would listening to music work? Or drawing/painting/some other creative outlet? Recognize your stressors and deal with them calmly before they escalate and get out of hand.
Ephesians 4:26 says “Be angry, and do not sin.” It’s okay to BE angry, but it’s not okay to lash out and to stir up conflict. Be careful with your anger. My life is far from calm, but God’s still working on me, and someday I hope it will be!