"But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves"
- James 1:22
God wants to help us control our anger. To be angry but not sin. Anger management is ultimately a function of spiritual maturity. As we grow and develop in our relationship with God by living a consistent Christian life, we will be able to control our anger and use it as a gift from God. This takes time and discipline and often requires help from others.
Who is responsible for our anger problems? It is easy to point the finger at others, but it is important for us to accept responsibility for controlling our anger. Not to just listen to God's Word... but to do what it says.
We should consider ways not only to control anger but also to prevent it. We must work on controlling anger when we are in quiet periods--not when we are already angry.
The first key is to keep your life balanced and purposeful. Maintain goals in your life--physical, spiritual, intellectual, and social. Stay active!
Another key step is not to neglect your physical health, diet, rest, diversion from routine. Plan times to enjoy God's beauty outdoors. Reading good books, meditation on God's Word, quiet times, and healthy walks and talks with family and friends help lower anger levels. Develop a suitable hobby.
Prayerfully consider these and other steps. Ask God to help you form a plan, taking one step at a time. Begin today to take responsibility for controlling your anger and using it as a gift from God.