April 22, 2024

Dealing With Anger

Ephesians 4:25-32

Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.

—  Proverbs 14:29

Anger is a powerful emotion that, if left unchecked, can lead to hurtful words and actions. As followers of Christ, we are called to deal with anger in a way that honors God and promotes reconciliation. When anger rises within us, we pause and take a moment to reflect. We invite the Holy Spirit to help us respond with gentleness, self-control, and understanding. Rather than allowing anger to control us, we yield to the transforming power of God’s grace. Cultivating a spirit of gentleness, patience, forgiveness, and self-control involves seeking to understand the root causes of our anger and addressing them with wisdom and discernment. We practice empathy and compassion, considering the perspectives and feelings of others. And in humility we apologize where necessary and seek reconciliation. God’s Word teaches us to be slow to anger and quick to listen (James 1:19). We find strength in prayer, inviting God to heal our hearts and fill us with his love. As we cultivate a spirit of peace and forgiveness, we become vessels of God’s grace, bringing restoration to our relationships.

Loving Father, grant us gentleness and self-control when anger rises within us. Fill us with wisdom and understanding. Guide us to listen, empathize, and seek reconciliation. May your love, reflected in our actions, bring healing and restoration. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

About the author — Darrell Delaney

Darrell Delaney is a cohost of ReFrame’s podcast ministry Groundwork and serves as lead chaplain with Reach the Forgotten Jail Ministry in Michigan. He considers it his life’s calling to create and facilitate life-giving environments in which people can thrive and grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Darrell and his wife, Kia, have three children. He enjoys spending time with family, walking, reading, and playing basketball, chess, and video games.

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