Anger

New Year is staring at us and we need to drop our anger, whatever the cause. God alone knows what the New Year will bring, so pray that we will live happy lives, free from anger.

 

Anger is a fierce displeasure, extreme annoyance, rage or wrath. Am I guilty? No one is free. Remember that day that you were fuming and angry? Don’t worry, there’s nothing too great for God. Just talk to God in prayer.

Anger is like cancer, full of pain and very toxic. However, sometimes I wonder if it is really worth the trouble, especially when one considers that this state of mind is so damaging to us.

Constant anger requires counselling and management. This state becomes none existence. But remember it is written in Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”

Some people are angry because they are living in the past, which was painful. Letting go has become impossible. Some blame everyone for their past and find it impossible to forgive those who have hurt them. Am I guilty of this? There is a solution – turn to God, who is sure to help us. Prayer makes the impossible, possible. God’s deliverance is essential for the people hooked in these situations.

It is written in John 16:33, “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” That is great comfort coming from God!

God made people in His own image. He made you and didn’t ever think of deserting you. He has a plan for your life. He knows what is giving you sleepless nights. He is concerned about you. Go to him in prayer and you will not be rejected. You will be surprised.

When you feel that the world wants to put you down, remember God is your father and the Holy Ghost is your protector and guide. You will be delivered.

I read some research done on anger, published in the on line journal ‘Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin’. It is well known that one’s emotions can affect one’s health. However, it has been found that prayer can help people cope with anger. It can calm and help people change the way they view events that angered them. It can help them view it all less personally.

Professor Bushman found that prayer may be an effective antidote to anger and aggression, giving people a sense of calm. He added, “When people are confronted with their own anger, they may want to consider the old advice of praying for one’s enemies. It may not benefit their enemies, but it will help them deal with their negative emotions.”

New Year is staring at us and we need to drop our anger, whatever the cause. God alone knows what the New Year will bring, so pray that we will live happy lives, free from anger.

In Isaiah 43:1 it says, “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine.” You are God’s, so take courage that all will be well in Jesus’ name.

May God help us all to remember that he is always there for us no matter what our circumstances.

God bless you all,

Gladys Ikeme (Child of God)