Thursday, June 08, 2006

Anger

I am finishing up my degree program with The College of Biblical Studies in Houston and we are having to construct a twenty session counseling program for a disorder of our choice. Some of my classmates have chosen things like depression, Bi-polar disorder and OCD. I have chosen anger and specifically anger that comes from within men. We have been asked to come up with twenty biblical truths to teach the person coming for counsel. Also layout what the characteristics of anger are and have scripture to show what God says about those attitudes and actions. This has been above challenging because I have bad problems controlling anger. Because I have trouble with anger it affects how I go about my business each and everyday. Here is what i have come to know about my anger and other men like me. Each day I go about my daily activities I find my self seeking pleasure and peace. Both are not a bad thing on their own but if they become more important than God himself then they become my idols. You might say of course I don't love pleasure more than God, but I say and so does scripture that your actions prove that very thing. When you blow-up and get angry do you seek after something to numb the pain such as ice cream, new clothes, playing video games or pornography? The bigger question would be where do you find your comfort and rest? In the created things of this world or the creator of heaven and earth? A man who battles anger either is angry because he is not getting something he wants or he is getting something he doesn't want and thus he gets ANGRY! Until we realize that God is to be our chef source of hope and pleasure then we will continue to wrestle with the same demons over and over again.

Read what Colossians 3:15-17 has to say about this matter.

15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. 17And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Amen.

3 Comments:

At 2:21 AM, Blogger gbfluteman said...

You can edit this to reflect the content that relates to your post. I couldn't sleep, so I started doing blog research for the blog my friend and I run (see profile's webpage) to see if perhaps there were any blogs in this area worth "advertising." I came across your blog by running a profile search of all those who also had put Biblical counseling as an interest.

In the research of your project, have you analyzed root issues regarding anger? I know that as I have talked with the head of the biblical counseling department at my college( Maranatha Baptist Bible College), a chart he uses as a way of illustrating all the various defense mechanisms people put up in response to abuse shows anger as one of them. Bitterness is often expressed through anger, as well (this has been seen personally in my own life). In other words, though perhaps anger itself may be the issue as you counsel with someone, you may want to consider as part of your counseling plan a way to determine if indeed that is the real issue, or if anger is simply a symptom of a deeper heart problem. I hope that helps. God bless and keep writing!

 
At 9:49 AM, Blogger God Driven (Damion) said...

Trying to pin point an exact root issue to anger is easier than trying to pinpoint depression's root issues. But this can vary from person to person. Anger is a very broad term that streches a wide range of sin problems in man. I believe just what you say that anger is almost like a gauge that tells when your motor is running too hot. While anger is a sinful action, attitude and emotion their is usually always something that lies underneath. Such as bitterness and jealousy and not getting what I want. I have seen this example of how anger works in a normal non saved person very often in people.

Husband feels like he must be respected, respect is his idol and lives for this and when he is not respected he repsonds in unkind ways to his children and wife. Husband becomes bitter towards his children and or wife because he feels he is not getting the respect he deserves. So instead of going home at night he says his boss has him working late at the office because why should I go home when I can be respected here at the office by someone who really cares about me. When the boss stops respecting his employee(husband) he slows down working as much and starts drinking or having a sexual affair with a cuter much younger woman at the office. Why because she wispers little words of respect in his ear. At this point the man's life starts spinning out of control and the wife finds out and they are at your door for counseling. While the main issue still sits ... the man wants respect so badly that he is willing to lose everything to gain it.

 
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