For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Anger: a strong feeling of displeasure and belligerence aroused by a wrong; wrath; ire.
I hate being angry. Who doesn’t? Anger gets my back up. Being angry at someone takes all of my energy. If I do let the sun go down on my anger, I will not get a good night’s sleep. There are three ways that anger affects my body: muscle tension, loss of energy and loss of sleep. My anger will also affect those around me.
I have had to learn to let go of being angry as much as possible. Something really, really bad has to get me angry for me to let it last a long time. I have learned to talk it out and get it over with as soon as possible. Anger will cause flares if I stew on something. It usually manifests in canker sores in my mouth and the corners of my mouth will crack. I will also get pain in my joints and a migraine.
Ephesians 4:31 says, Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Why do we need to get rid of anger? Because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. John 1: 20
Health problems with anger
The constant flood of stress chemicals and associated metabolic changes that go with recurrent unmanaged anger can eventually cause harm to many different systems of the body.
Some of the short and long-term health problems that have been linked to unmanaged anger include:
- digestion problems, such as abdominal pain
- increased anxiety
- high blood pressure
- skin problems, such as eczema
- heart attack
Did you know that anger can weaken your immune system. If you’re angry all the time, you just might find yourself feeling sick more often. In one study, Harvard University scientists found that in healthy people, simply recalling an angry experience from their past caused a six-hour dip in levels of the antibody immunoglobulin A, the cells’ first line of defense against infection.
What is the opposite of anger?
Love. It is that simple. Love is the opposite of anger. What is love? “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Sometimes it is easy to fly off the handle when we let someone’s harsh words or actions make us angry. It isn’t always easy to remember that a gentle answer makes anger disappear, but a rough answer makes it grow. Proverbs 15:1 (ERV) I would rather be known as the person described in Proverbs, A patient person is very smart. A quick-tempered person makes stupid mistakes. Proverbs 14: (ERV)
Here is your declaration for today:
I am choosing to be a patient and loving person. Love will give me energy, joy, good health, friendship, fellowship, and God’s favor. I will be slow to speak. I will smile, walk away and come back later when I have thought things through and have an appropriate response. I will temper my response with patience and understanding.