Control Your Anger
“Born to Be Wild” is more than just a song (Steppenwolf, ca. 1968). It is a summary of the basic human state of mind when untouched by the gospel. There is a beast inside each of us, and we love to let him out of his cage. Come on—admit it. Throwing off restraint is exhilarating.
So is losing your temper. There was a time when I thought that angry people were unhappy. Actually it’s worse than that. Blowing up and “going off” on someone actually releases a blast of adrenaline that many people find exciting. There’s a thrill to telling somebody off. Have you felt it?
The problem is that anger is pure emotion, and emotion is usually irrational. Anger outbursts rarely solve any problems or do any good. They more often destroy things and people. Here is some of God’s wisdom: “He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin” (Proverbs 13:3). You can spend years of your life trying to fix what you wrecked in three minutes.
If you’ve lost your temper, let Jesus help you find it again. As you savor the sweet forgiveness given so freely to you, find the joy of extending that forgiveness to others, even when you know you’re right. And if you must be wild, take a ride on a Harley.
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