Letting Go of Anger.


“And don’t sin by letting anger control you. Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.” - Ephesians 4:26-27


I used to let anger control me. The worst part about it is I didn’t even know it was happening. I’m still a work in progress, but now I know that with the help of God I have the power to control anger.

Two weeks ago, I ordered a few dresses from one of my favorite brands. I patiently waited for them to arrive, but they never came.

I have a free 2-day delivery subscription with the brand, so I called the package delivery company at the end of day 2. For over a week, I got the runaround with the delivery company, and my patience started to wane.

When I was about to hang up the phone with the fifth customer service representative that I spoke to over the course of the week, he said something interesting, “I love that you’re angry, but you’re not mad at me.”

It was a surprising comment from a customer service representative, but it made me laugh. I thought about it for a while when I hung up the phone.

How can someone be angry and not mad? What does that even mean? And then a scripture popped on my mind.

“And don’t sin by letting anger control you. Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.” - Ephesians 4:26-27

Every time I spoke with the different representatives, I knew that my undelivered package wasn’t their fault. I did my best not to take my frustrations out on them but to explain to them my frustrations.

I was angry, but I didn’t let my anger control me.

There have been many times when I’ve witnessed angry customers cursing out customer service representatives. If I was the one being cursed out, my natural response wouldn’t be to rectify the situation—it’d be to get even.

Thank God for the work that He’s done (and still doing) in me.

Even though we may feel angry at times, we shouldn’t let harmful things come out of our mouths. We should speak the truth in love and say things that display grace toward others.

Everyone could use a little grace.

No matter what the issue is, we shouldn’t let anger take over our lives or relationships. Or in other words, control us. It’s important that in the heat of a moment, we don’t say things we will regret later.

I’ve done that before. You probably have too. Nothing good ever comes from saying negative things to others.

Sometimes you just need to take a moment to cool down, breathe, and collect your thoughts before addressing an issue. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

Whatever you need to do to get yourself in a good place so anger doesn’t cloud your judgment, do it.

If you are dealing with anger in your life, ask God to help you work through it. Spend time in prayer asking Him to show you the reasons behind the anger.

That may mean that you need to forgive someone or yourself. Whatever the reason is behind your anger, give it to God and begin to let it go.

The next time you get into an argument or a tough situation, be intentional about your words and your thoughts before you verbally vomit on someone and can’t take it back.

When you feel anger rising, say a quick prayer asking God to give you peace, calm your heart, and let you speak the truth in love.

It’s okay to be angry about something—anger is a natural human emotion. Be angry, but don’t let anger control you or the way you respond to others.

Control anger by turning to God.

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- Mags