Misuse of Anger

Nobody is exempt from anger. How you handle the heat is the key to dealing with this volatile emotion. The initial spark of anger that could be used for good, if snuffed out. It can keep anger from accomplishing its designated purpose. You and I need to examine ourselves whether we are handling this emotion properly.

Proverbs 29:8 (NASB)
(8) Scorners set a city aflame, But wise men turn away anger.

Prolonged Anger

It is like simmering stew. This means anger is being held inside for a long time. This results from an unforgiving heart. This is because there is some past offense and offender. Unforgiveness results in resentment and deep bitterness that has an effect on other relationships.

Example


“I’ll never forgive the way he spoke to me years ago.” This is long and brooding. This should never have happened. It should have been dealt with at the very beginning of the offense. The root of bitterness– http://ref.ly/He12.15

Pressed down Anger

This is described as being like a “pressure cooker.”

This is denied or hidden anger. It is the result from fear of facing negative emotions. It can create a deceitful heart. It leads to untruthfulness with others. Failure to honestly deal with this type of anger can result in self-pity, self-contempt, and self-doubt. This can sabotage most relationships.

Example

Have you ever said, “I never get angry…maybe just a little irritated at times.” http://ref.ly/1P3.10

Provoked Anger

Also known as the “short fuse.”

This kind of anger is quick and impatient. This causes an individual to be instantly irritated or incensed. It is expressed with criticism or sarcasm under the guise of teasing.

Example

“I can’t believe you said that! You’re so childish!” http://ref.ly/Ec7.9

Profuse Anger

The “volatile volcano” is the result of this type of anger. It is powerful, destructive, and hard to control. It is characterized by contempt, violence, and abuse toward others.

Example

“You stupid fool–if you ever do that again, you’ll wish you’d never been born!”

Look at the warning that comes from Jesus. http://ref.ly/Mt5.22

For your information, this lesson comes from Biblical Counseling Library. It is a part of my WordSearch software. I purchased it as a separate e-book for my collection of books on my software. I am so happy that I made the choice to purchase it. It has been a great help to me as I ministered to people. I will continue to use it as such information as needed.

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