Humans experience a range of emotions through out the day. Anger is one of the sentiment that is more harmful for the person experiencing it as it can get you into the hot waters really fast and incur irreparable damage. How many times have you felt embarrassed for reacting a certain way because you were angry? How many times have you regretted the words you said because you became harsh when you were angry?
It is not in anyway a good practice to suppress your sentiments. It is important to feel the sentiments and know how to manage your emotions. Same goes with anger. It depends on us how we take ourselves out of the strong clutches of anger and do not allow it to control our mind and body. The holy scripture is the best guide to remedy your negative emotions, as well as anger.
What Should I Do When I Get Angry As Per The Bible?
1. Cease from anger and forsake wrath; do not fret-it only causes harm (Psalm 37:8).
God tells us to control anger and immediately forget the thought of inflicting pain or harm on anyone. The bible also guides that anger is detrimental. It only causes harm. Therefore, here is what you should do when you feel enraged:
- Speak to yourself and tell yourself to calm down
- Avoid the situation/ trigger that is making you feel that way
- Wash your face with water
- Take deep breaths
- Count 1-10 or 1-50
2. The Lord is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion (Numbers 14:18).
Check if you are frequently getting angry on small things that do not go as per your expectations. Bible says that God does not haste to punish, He is merciful and forgiving. Practice the same virtues in your conduct with people. If someone is making you angry, make sure you are quicker to forgive rather than resent because resentment is going to crowd your soul with overwhelming sentiments that arise in the wake of anger such as envy or revenge. These are harmful for your wellbeing and crowd your mind with unproductive thoughts.
3. Fools vent their anger, but the wise quietly hold it back (Proverbs 29:11).
It is important to practice restraint when you are experiencing anger. Not only does it save from facing humiliation, it also guards us from inflicting any emotional wound through harsh words or actions on our loved ones. This scripture does not entail that people are asked to bury their angry sentiments and not pay heed to them. Rather, it guides towards constructive management of these emotions and maintaining senses while experience emotional upheavals.