The Apostle James in the scripture above admonishes that we should be slow to become angry. As much as possible, let us make excuses for others in order not to be easily angered because as the scripture says, “a man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.” Once in a while, someone or something or a situation can make you annoyed, displeased, or even hostile. Instead of venting your spleen with harsh words and actions resulting in guilt and shame, we should rather turn to God for assistance on how to effectively deal with the emotion of anger.

In our anger, we are most likely to sin or do things that do not glorify God. Ephesians 4:26 specifically instructs us not to sin when we are angry. In Genesis 4:1-10, Cain murdered his brother because he was angry and jealous. Also in Exodus 32:19, Moses broke the tablet because he was angered by the image of the golden calf the people of Israel had erected. Moreover, 1 Samuel 18:6-15 reveals that Saul became angry at David because he was provoked by the songs of the Israelite women. He then decided to pursue and kill David. Anger indeed doesn’t produce the righteous life that God desires.

When you are angry:

It’s okay to admit that you are angry Make up your mind to forgive

Refrain from thinking about the offense

Pray to God to help you deal with the feeling of anger.