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.