It’s sad that the people we love the most are often the target of our hurtful words. But even when we feel we’ve been provoked, we have a choice. Will we respond in anger or in kindness? The Bible tells us to rid ourselves of bitterness and anger, and to ‘be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32).
If you are struggling with chronic anger that is hurting your relationships, surrender this vulnerable part of your emotions to Christ’s strength (Philippians 4:13). Ask God to forgive you for an uncontrolled temper, to show you how to moderate your emotions and to honour others above yourself (Romans 12:10).
Seek out help from others to learn how to deal with your strong emotions in appropriate ways. As we earnestly seek to love others and to please God, we can win the victory over a volcanic temper.
Adapted from Our Daily Bread by Cindy Hess Kasper