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Saturday's Dose - 10th December 2011 - Keep Your "Anger Tank" Empty

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Saturday's Dose - 10th December 2011 - Keep Your "Anger Tank" Empty


Keep Your "Anger Tank" Empty


"If you are angry, don't sin by nursing your grudge. Don't let the
sun go down with you still angry—get over it quickly; for when you
are angry you give a mighty foothold to the devil." -Ephesians 4:26
(TLB).


According to a report in the John Hopkins Family Health report, "If
you have a tendency to anger easily, you may be at increased risk for
a heart attack or stroke—especially if you have heart disease or
significant heart disease risk factors. Other tip-offs that anger may
be undermining your health include being stubborn, impatient, or
hotheaded, and habitually feeling like you want to hit someone or
something."


Anger, too, is a great destroyer of relationships. It's no wonder
that the Bible teaches us to resolve it quickly—the same day wherever
possible. Being angry is not a sin. It's what we do with it that
counts. The Bible also teaches, "Be angry, sin not." - Ephesians 4:26.
One way to do this is to "speak the truth in love."


Some well-meaning people want to blame the devil or a "demon of
anger." Not so with me. My anger is my problem. But when I fail to
resolve it (or any other pent-up negative emotion) I give a "foothold
to the devil." When I resolve my anger, the devil loses his foothold.


People who have a super-sensitive anger button usually have
unresolved anger from the past with an "anger tank" that is filled to
overflowing. The slightest offense can trigger an outburst of hurtful
anger. They've been nursing grudges for a long time. This is what the
Bible teaches us not to do. That is, "don't sin by nursing your
grudge." Where this is a problem, very often qualified counseling is
needed to help resolve it.


Unresolved anger is unhealthy physically, emotionally, relationally,
and spiritually. This is why the Bible teaches, "Don't let the sun go
down on your anger. Resolve and get over it quickly."


Prayer: "Our Loving Father God, please help me to be honest about my
anger, recognize and admit when I am overreacting and, if it is a
serious problem, lead me to find the help I need to resolve it. Thank
you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving
Name I Pray, Amen."


Have a Blessed Saturday and God Bless you.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team

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