Handling Anger God's Way

No matter how easy going we may be, at some point the frustrations of being delayed, being denied, or being disrupted  are bound to push some of our buttons. When those buttons are pushed how do you respond? While my desire is to respond graciously, fully trusting in the Lord to deliver and provide, in the heat of the moment it can be a challenge to respond to the irritations of life as Jesus would

 The Bible instructs:

“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. (Ephesians 4:26-27 NIV)

Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. (James 1:19-21 NIV)

And declares:

He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city. (Prov. 16:32 (NKJV)

Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly. (Proverbs 14:29 NIV)

Desiring to always be Christ-like in my response to the irritations that come up, so as to not give the devil a foothold or respond with anger in a sinful way, I was excited to read June Hunt’s mini-book, Anger . Though it’s a quick read, it’s jam packed with practical wisdom and helpful insights for quenching the fire of frustrations as well as cautioning readers of the destructive consequences of anger. 

 

June Hunt’s mini-book, Anger will shed light on the warning signs, or characteristics, of both acceptable and unacceptable anger. Includes:
  • "Cues to Find Hidden Anger" checklist, making it easy to diagnose different ways in which your body is reacts to anger 
  • "Act or React" checklist

June Hunt starts this mini-book with a definitions section with simple explanations of each word associated with anger. Learn the magnitude, misuse, and misconceptions of anger. Also included in the definitions section are biblical examples of anger. For example, an example of acceptable anger is when injustice ignited righteous anger" in Jesus. Conversely, we find "unacceptable anger" in story of Saul and David, when King Saul's jealous anger over David's military victories burned like a fire, destroying many relationships including his relationship with God.
The last section titled, "Steps to Solution," gives you the power to be freed from anger with:
  • The 4 sources of anger
  • 4 Truths that will change your life
  • How to measure the amount of your anger
  • 3 steps to resolving anger
  • Releasing your anger prayer
  • And much more.
    Here June Hunt speaks about anger


I highly recommend Anger for individuals, as well as small groups. This book would prove helpful for anyone who has ever responded to irritations by acting out anger and then regretted it later. This book helped equip me to recognize which sources of anger historically spark frustration in me so I can plan for and rehearse a gracious and Christ-like response before I find myself in the heat of the moment without a plan. This mini-book helped me learn ways to properly respond to life’s frustrations in a godly way. Ultimately, we have the choice to respond to irritations wisely or  react foolishly. May we be faithful to obey God’s call, “In your anger, do not sin.” (Ephesians 4:26)
Disclaimer: I received this advanced reader copy free from Rose Publishing as part of their review program for bloggers. I was not asked to write a positive review, but simply, an honest one. 

Questions for you:  How would your life be more joyful and peaceful by identifying what sparks frustration in you and how to respond to anger God’s way?


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