I feel angry a lot. I am always in a hurry, and something or someone is regularly interrupting my pursuit of getting everything crossed off my todo list, and I get instantly angry. Though I feel the emotion of anger off and on all through most every day I seldom act angry or say something in anger. I have had that as one of my major commitments in life for a number of years. When I think and remember many times in the past when I acted and spoke in anger to family members, friends, acquaintances, and perfect strangers I cringe, and wish I could take them all back. One of the most significant lessons I ever learned in life is that I don’t have to act the way I feel. I can be self-controlled, patient, gracious, kind, tender-hearted, and quickly forgiving by choosing to be, because God commands it, and depending on God’s strength as I do.

Keys to overcoming anger; (1) Memorize and meditate on anti-anger verses in the Bible.

Psalms 37:8 Cease from anger and forsake wrath; Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing.

Ephesians 4:31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.

(2) Never make excuses, justify, or blame others for your anger. Until you say to yourself, there is no excuse, ever for dishonoring a person by my words spoken in anger, you will not conquer the emotion of anger.

(3) Every morning make a commitment for that day that you will not act or speak in anger to anyone no matter what they did or said, and ask God for His strength to keep the commitment.God’s power flows to commitment.

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