The Cost of Anger
“People with understanding control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness.” (Proverbs 14:29, NLT)
When someone is angry with you, it’s easy to show anger in return. But before you allow yourself to get mad back, calculate what you’re going to lose. Calculate the cost of anger.
The Bible is very specific about uncontrolled anger. Proverbs 29:22 says, “An angry person causes trouble; a person with a quick temper sins a lot” (NCV). In Proverbs 15:18, you read, “Hot tempers cause arguments” (GNT). And Proverbs 14:29 says, “A hot temper shows great foolishness” (NLT).
When you let anger take control, there is a cost. You’re going to get in trouble. You’re going to sin. You’re going to cause arguments. You’re going to make mistakes.
When you lose your temper, you always lose. You may lose someone’s respect, the love of your family, your health, or even your job.
Maybe you’re someone who uses anger to motivate people to do the right thing. Don’t do it! You may get the short-term payoff. But in the long run, anger always produces more anger, more apathy, and more alienation.
How many kids have become alienated from a parent because of out-of-control anger? How many people have been alienated from a boyfriend, a girlfriend, a husband, a wife, or a friend because somebody lost their cool? Anger destroys relationships faster than anything else.
If you realize there’s always a price for returning anger for anger, you’re less likely to get angry when somebody’s pushing your buttons.
So before you retaliate, ask yourself, “Do I really want to do this? Do I want to make mistakes? Do I want to sin more? Do I want to cause arguments? Do I want to act foolish?”
Proverbs 14:29 says, “People with understanding control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness” (NLT).
Anger always comes with a price tag. Before you retaliate, calculate the cost. Then choose the wise path of controlling your anger.
Talk It Over
What methods do you use to keep your cool when someone gets angry at you or attacks you?
What has uncontrolled anger cost your relationships?
Some people choose to lead by anger and intimidation. What’s a better way to lead people?
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