Karen erupted all over her husband and kids – even kicking the dog. Slamming pots and pans in righteous indignation, she screamed at the top of her lungs, “IF I DON’T GET SOME HELP IN THIS KITCHEN ASAP NO ONE IS EATING TONIGHT!!! They didn’t unload the dishwasher, the dog pooped in the house (because no one walked him) and the family lounged in front of the T.V. – discarded socks, books, and backpacks strewn across the floor.
Doesn’t the verse say, “Be angry” (Ephesians 4:26)?! That alone confirms that anger is natural and necessary to propel us into fighting against wrong-doing!
Well…yes and no. Yes – anger at wrong behavior is necessary in order to fight for what is right.
Anger is a powerful, shovel-like tool – you can use it improperly to bang people over the head, or you can use it properly to dig as a motivational tool. ~Chip Ingram, How to be good and mad
“Well, I just can’t help it. Their behavior is inexcusable and I’m literally at the end of my rope, plus I’m exhausted from CLEANING UP AFTER EVERYONE 24/7!!!”
I know. Been there, done that, got the t-shirt.
Still doesn’t make it right. You know you feel terrible after screaming up a lung and destroying everyone in your path.
Here’s the good news: controlling anger is possible. YOU CAN DO IT.
You see, the reason we think controlling anger is beyond our reach is due to our unbelief.
We dismiss the fact that it’s even possible. And if we don’t believe God can change our behavior, then that means we don’t have a correct view of God.
When we see God more clearly, we see that it is possible for us to change.
Christ transforms a raging lunatic.
Remember the crazy lunatic who roamed the graveyard and broke the chains that bound him in Mark 5? This guy was uncontrollable. No one could do anything with him. His demon-possession lead others to believe all hope was lost.
But when Jesus and his disciples got off the boat and saw the guy, He commanded the unclean spirits to come out of him. It wasn’t without a fight, because many demons possessed this man. But Jesus solved the problem by transferring them to pigs, who ran down the mountain into the ocean and committed “Suey-cide”. (Ba-dump-pump.)
The people were amazed to see the crazy guy wearing clothes and talking rationally. In fact – they were so spooked (and angry about the pigs), they made Jesus leave town!
Here are 7 Powerful truths for controlling anger issues
1. When we are alone and unaccountable, the Enemy possesses great liberty.
The man lived in a desolate place (among tombs) – alone, which gave the devil great advantage.
2. No human being can break the chains of our anger.
He was out of control and no person could help him.
3. When we erupt in anger, we destroy ourselves – as per the Enemy’s desire.
He tortured himself, because he was unhappy.
4. Our desire to overcome anger is planted by Christ.
Christ’s power alone made the man run to be relieved of this great burden.
5. Since Christ planted the desire to overcome, He will also deliver.
Christ’s power alone delivered the man from the Enemy.
6. Your strong propensity toward anger and how long you’ve struggled to control it doesn’t matter – Christ is stronger!
”My name is Legion, for we are many” – a legion is a number of soldiers in arms. It denotes military power. We “wrestle not against flesh and blood” (Ephesians 6:12)!
7. This same Christ that healed that man is the One Who saves us from our sins, and provides a way of escape – the Word of God! You can’t control your anger – but GOD can!
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand the wiles of the devil.
Anger, left unchecked, can do irreparable damage.
BUT – we have a God Who is Greater, Kinder, Stronger.
He provides a way of escape! But you must believe. Faith is the key to unlock this door.
Help for controlling anger
In Count to Nine, moms discover a Scripturally sound, methodical approach for taming the temper. Ruthie Gray, mother of four and grandparent of two, gently guides frazzled mothers of all ages toward God’s Word, His view on anger, and the nine steps to overcoming wrath.
Got anger? We’ve got you covered. Start by counting to nine!
In this ebook, you will learn:
*The surprising reasons behind your anger
*The mind-blowing truth of God’s view on anger
*One eye-opening tactic for changing your reactions
*How the staggering power of unbelief can keep you from change
*How to triumph through one key attitude adjustment
*How to gain victory over a life-long stronghold
*And much, much more!
The author, Ruthie Gray, transparently shares her own motherhood struggles, instantly connecting with moms through her “been there” approach. Moms will find victory, new hope, and support through this encouraging method of actionable Scripture verses and Scripture prayers.
How about you?
Is controlling anger something that you struggle with? Have you felt helpless to overcome this stronghold in your life?