Anger. It’s such a common occurrence you may have experienced it already today! Becoming angry is easy – obeying Scripture’s command to not sin while angry – well, that’s another story altogether! In Ephesians 4:26, Paul wrote:
In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry…
Certainly great advice, but lacking in details on how to actually pull it off! If you’ve ever struggled in this area, please listen to King David’s instructions below which hold an important key to effectively managing anger.
Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. (Psalm 4:4, ESV)
The initial instruction is the same…when angry, don’t sin. But, the last half of the sentence holds some vital steps for making that possible. Namely, instead of engaging another soul while we’re angry, David advises us to go to a quiet place (on your bed) and think things through on our own (in your own heart). Yes, there may be things to resolve with others, but before we can work it out with other people, we need to work it out with ourselves first!
It’s the last two words “be silent” that are probably the most important (and the most difficult). The idea is to not rehash the aggravating events over and over again. Instead, we’re to calmly ponder them – thinking through what happened and how we may have contributed to the situation. Also, it’s in our silence – physical quietness and emotional peace – that God speaks into our thoughts and emotions. Who knows, He may even show you a possible solution when we’re calm.
Only after you’ve taken the necessary time to quietly ponder the situation, working it out with yourself and with God, will you be ready and able to effectively work it out with other people involved. –Dave
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