MONDAY: The consequences of mismanaged anger
Read Samson’s story in Judges 14-15. What caused his anger? How did he mismanage it? What were the consequences of his uncontrolled anger?
How has your anger hurt your relationships? Ask God to forgive you (and accept that forgiveness). Who do you need to apologize to?
TUESDAY: LESSONS ON ANGER
Read the following verses and write down what you learn about unmanaged anger.
Psalm 37:8 – can you list three evils that anger leads to?
Proverbs 29:22 – List three ways anger can hurt relationships
Proverbs 14:17 – What’s the most foolish thing you have done in your anger?
WEDNESDAY: ANGER AND YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
Read Matthew 5:21-26
What does Jesus say we should do before worshipping God (verse 24)?
Who is to take the initiative in reconciling the relationship the offended or the offender? (See Matthew 18:15-18 as well)
Jesus wants his disciples to be proactive in reconciling relationships. (See Matthew 5:9)
It is obvious that one’s relationship with God is closely tied to the disciple’s desire to make peace with others. Who in your life do you need to make an attempt to reconcile a relationship? Pray, seek advice and tale a step to do that this week.
THURSDAY: TYPES OF ANGER
There are different types of anger. Some people are exploders – when they get mad they just explode and yell over anyone around them. Others are pouters – they sulk in the corner and hold it in letting it seethe. Still others are manipulators – they will use sarcasm, snide remarks to lash out in anger. Which type of anger best describes you?
Anger is a symptom of a deeper problem. Angry people are usually hurting, afraid or frustrated. Overcoming anger begins by identifying the cause and seeking the solution. How can Jesus help you with your pain, fears and frustrations? (See Matthew 11:28, I Peter 5:7, Philippians 4:16, John 14:1) How do these verse help me to deal with the fear, hurt or frustrations I may be feeling.
FRIDAY: CONFESS YOUR ANGER
Read Ephesians 4:26. What does God say about the way we are to mange our anger? How is confessing anger more beneficial than suppressing or exploding in anger? How will it benefit the relationship? You?
Read Proverbs 29:11, 19:11. What does these verses say to support the old adage of “If you are angry count to 10” before reacting?
The way we deal with anger is a learned behavior. Therefore unhealthy habits can be unlearned. The following website may offer you help as we learn to manage our anger better.