If we hide our rage He can’t calm its angry rashes or shower us with the peace we so desperately crave.
2. Focus on Who God Is.
Deep in our anger, we begin to believe rubbish about God. He’s off helping more spiritual Christians who pray more than me. He’s angry at me, I just wish I knew what I’d done.
By repeating verses about His character we’re reminded of who He is and His love for us. We begin to feel His presence right in the midst of our pain and are reassured by His promises.
Here are some of my favorites.
I am not distant and angry but am the complete expression of love (1Jn 4:16).
I offer you more than your earthly father ever could (Mt 7:11).
Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand (Jas 1:17).
I am your provider and I meet all your needs (Mt 6:31-33).
Write them on a sticky note, put them on your mirror and repeat them when you brush your teeth or pin them to the fridge.
3. Remember Who We Are To God
As we think about who He is, it reminds us who we are; His children who He loves (no matter what). When we know we are precious and loved, it’s like solid ground under our feet when our world is shaking and it’s so much easier to handle life’s explosions and find peace in the chaos.
It is my desire to lavish my love on you simply because you are my child and I am your father (1Jn 3:1).
I love you with an everlasting love (Jer 31:3).
My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore (Ps 139:17-18).
I rejoice over you with singing (Zep 3:17)
Anger with God, whether white-hot rage or the smoldering embers of fury, slowly corrodes our hearts if left unattended. It burns away our peace, consumes our joy and burns brighter and deeper the longer it lingers. It’s exhausting, driving us away from the one person holding the fire extinguisher.
If you’re angry with God tell him how you feel, focus who He is, remember who you are to Him and switch the anger for peace.
This post originally appeared at nikihardy.com, published with permission.