How to Deal with Anger

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By Henry Brandt About Anger
Part of the series Journal of Biblical Counseling

If I were forced to rank a list of sins from the worst to the least destructive,...the top two sins would be anger and deceit....

Not everyone is an alcoholic; not everyone steals, or swears, or commits adultery. But everyone struggles with anger. It is a universal problem. I have observed it among primitive cannibals in Irian Jaya, among illiterate people in tiny villages deep in the forest of Zaire, among my playmates when I was a child, in my parents, in church members, in pastors, in highly educated people, in the very rich, in people in government. And yes, in me.

You cannot decide to be angry. You can take elaborate precautions to avoid being angry. But, sooner or later, anger underneath your skin is triggered by memory, someone’s behavior, a conversation, a phone call, or a letter. It can cause your heart to beat faster, make you sweat, tense up your muscles, foul up your digestive system, alter the way you think, dictate how you act, and trigger words from your mouth.

There seems to be universal agreement that anger must be tamed. Yet there is vast disagreement over the cause and the cure....

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