Control Your Anger - The Warrior's Journey®

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A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.  (Proverbs 29:11)

Anger is a God-given human emotion, but we must control it. Unbridled anger causes huge problems in relationships, especially marriage. Most of us can attest to this truth in our own marriage or family. How do we control it? There is endless literature on this subject. Just google the words “controlling anger” and you’ll get a glimpse of what is available. Some of the information you’ll find is good, some not so good. Foundational for controlling anger is knowing what God says in His Word.

Proverbs 29:11 contrasts two types of people — one foolish and the other wise. Foolish people simply let their anger run full steam ahead. No control, no brakes, no attempt to avoid hurting others. In effect, anger controls the person. Conversely, wise people keep themselves under control. They keep their head. They don’t let feelings or emotions take over. Ultimately, controlling anger is a choice. God doesn’t tell us not to be angry. He understands there are legitimate reasons to become angry. But the Lord does tell us to keep our anger under control. It’s the wise thing to do.

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