Don't Go "Kaboom"
When I was a kid there was a cartoon that came on television called, Animaniacs. The cartoon would consist of many other short cartoons; one of which was called "Katie Kaboom" Katie was a very pleasant teenage girl until...she didn't' get her way. Then she would turn into a gigantic, monster. She would verbally assault anyone who opposed her point of view. When she got her way she would usually shrink back down to her normal size and be pleasant again. However, the damage was done; the home was a wreck from her temper tantrum and loved ones were in left in complete shock and distress.
We can be like this at times. There are two types of aggressions that come to mind when one doesn't get their way. One being passive aggression which sometimes can be completely shutting down, and giving someone the silent treatment. The other can be exploding, which would be more like Katie Kaboom. Neither of these are healthy solutions.
When dealing with anger allow yourself to think the situation over in your mind. And really ask yourself, is this situation a Poodle or a Pitbull? Rather, is this problem that you are upset about as big as you make it seem? When you compare the problem that you are facing with all of the other problems in the world, poverty, war, disease. Ask yourself, does it compare? When I ask myself that question, it usually doesn't compare at all.
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. James 1:19-20
An example of unrighteous anger would be you are jealous of someone getting the raise that you feel like you deserve or you begin to hate someone because they are dating the girl that you have a crush on. Don't get me wrong, there is a righteous anger as well. The Bible speaks on when Jesus was angry enough to make a whip and flip over tables..
When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said, "Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father's house into a market!" His disciples remembered that it is written: "Zeal for your house will consume me." John 2:13-16
So this is an example of righteous anger, Jesus was upset at something that didn't please his Father. There are things in this world that happened that do not please God that you have every right to be angry about. For example a spouse finds out that their spouse has committed adultery. They have every right to be upset. However, what does their anger lead to? Does it cause them to sin? Does it cause them to harm their spouse or the mistress? Or do they see it as an opportunity for God to move despite their anger?
"In your anger do not sin"
There are many people who have lost everything and even ended up dead or behind bars because they were not level headed and were steered by their emotional impulses. We must not fall into that category. This month I am trying to think rationally before reacting. How are you going to work on controlling your anger?