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Everyone gets angry, but we don’t always handle our anger well. This Christian’s guide to getting angry should help.
Maybe We Need a Christian’s Guide to Getting Angry
Christians get a bad rap. The world calls us hypocrites, and we often deserve the label. We know we should love everyone, but how in the world can we love someone who hurts us? And how do we love the person who cuts us off in traffic, divorces us, or embarrasses us? All too often we try to demonstrate our love for one thing (unborn babies, for example), by killing or humiliating another thing (bombing abortion clinics or protesting in inappropriate places). No wonder the world gets the wrong picture of Jesus when they look at us.
We confuse non-Christians with our words and our actions. Maybe the problem goes deeper because we don’t know how to sort through our emotions, acknowledge them, and learn how to process them in a healthy way. If we have confusion about ourselves, it’s no wonder we confuse others.
The first step in the Christian’s guide to getting angry is to understand emotions. Emotions are. They happen and they live in Switzerland. We don’t need to label them as good or bad. We DO need to learn to acknowledge them with curiosity and kindness.
Listen to today’s podcast and let me know which step in the Christian’s guide to getting angry resonates the most with you.
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Such a needed message, Anita! We too easily negate emotions, and/or label them as “good” ones or “bad” ones. I’m currently reading “Permission to Feel” which is teaching me a lot about the importance of feeling what we feel (and responding appropriately).
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We’re designed with emotions included! Anger provides a spark, but I don’t think it’s the fuel we were meant to run on long-term.
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It’s all about what we do with it, isn’t it!
Great message Anita,
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This part…”Emotions are. They happen and they live in Switzerland. We don’t need to label them as good or bad. We DO need to learn to acknowledge them with curiosity and kindness.”…is brilliant, my friend! We must give all of our emotions their time and due credit. Ignoring emotions only makes them grow strong with fury until you give them their moment in time. It is probably one of the most important life lessons I can pass on to anyone. Feel your feelings or they will suffocate you.
And this is the key, Anita, we need to “know how to sort through our emotions, acknowledge them, and learn how to process them in a healthy way.”
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This is something that needs to be discussed more among Christians. Bravo.
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This is a great topic for Christ Followers..thank you so much for sharing it
Learning to validate our emotions and how to process them in a positive way takes time and understanding…with ourselves and others. Such necessary words of wisdom. Thank you.
You need to publish this series in a book!
I would buy multiple copies!
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I grew up with a non-Christian father who was angry easily and often. When I became a Christian, I saw anger as a “bad” emotion. But, as you said, God gets angry, Jesus got angry. Sometimes we do get angry for selfish reasons, but there is also a righteous anger. It’s good to look at our anger and seek God’s wisdom about what to do with it.
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