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Getting Rid of Anger

Control your temper; for anger labels you a fool. Ecclesiastes 7:9

As a young child I was always very quiet and shy on the outside, but on the inside I was like a volcano that would eventually erupt. I had turned every emotion into anger and it soon became rage. I didn't care about the times I exploded and threw fits of rage by hurting others with my violent behavior. I was mad at the world and I was mad at God for letting all the bad things happen to me as a child.

We all have a story to tell and many of us might have been dealt a bad hand from an early age. What I want you to know is no matter what we have had to endure in the past we have the opportunity to leave it there. Run to God as fast as you can and by that I mean don't wait until you become an enraged or bitter person like I did. Once I realized who God was and that He loved me just as I was and He would work everything out for my good this changed everything. Certainly not all at once, because the transformation is still a work in progress after many years. Thank God I am not the person I used to be!

I looked so foolish displaying all my anger out in the open like that and last year I lost control once again, but hopefully that was the last time. Did you notice what I just did? I said, "hopefully that was the last time." When we want to change and speak it into existence I know at that moment God hears us and I know that He will give us the desires of our heart.

Anger is a form of impatience and when others see us, do you know what they see? They see a person who is living an undisciplined life; one lacking self-control. Once we learn to restrain our anger which is dealing with it and expressing it in a different manner. Then we are releasing it and letting it go. I want to live with a God controlled spirit and if you have a problem with anger I am sure you do too.

Understand this, my brothers and sisters: You must all be... and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires - James 2:19-20. The key factor is staying focused on God and talking to Him through prayer. By staying close to Him we will make progress in living the way He desires. We need to allow the Holy Spirit to strengthen us by His power; to transform us so we learn patience and gain self-control. This way we will no longer look foolish.

This takes a lot of work and invested time, but we don't have to do this alone. When the transforming power of God intervenes people will notice a very different person in the making. Then everyone will see the tenderhearted and loving person you were created to be. Transformation is a powerful source.

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