Monday, February 01, 2010

Therapy for Destructive Anger

In recent news, a young man shot it out with policemen in his mother's house as he was being arrested. His case? He shot the son of a government official to death in fits of rage several weeks ago over a mere traffic incident.

That seems to happen all the time. Stories of destructive anger in its various forms pop up all over the world.

Well, you wouldn't do anything like that, I mean murder someone because you're angry, would you? But have you ever lost your temper? Have you ever done things you wish you had not done? Or, have you said words you wish you never had said? I do! Speaking of teaching from experience!

Therapy for destructive anger is a process that takes time. To outline what I discovered to be helpful (for myself and others who need to get free from this), take a look below 4 kinds of anger (with Scripture passages to read) with a statement that describes what needs to be done for each one:

1. SUDDEN ANGER
Scriptures to Read: Proverbs 14:17; 15:18; 18:13; 19:19
Therapeutic Key: Sudden anger is to be CONTROLLED.

2. SINFUL ANGER
Scriptures to Read: Matthew 5:21; Romans 12:19
Therapeutic Key: Sinful anger is to be CONDEMNED.

3. STUBBORN ANGER
Scriptures to Read: Eph 4:26, 31-32
Therapeutic Key: Stubborn anger is to be CONQUERED.

4. SANCTIFIED ANGER
Scriptures to Read: Eph 4:26; Mark 3: 1-5
Therapeutic Key: Sanctified anger is to be CHANNELED.

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