In managing my anger it is not only important to resolve to manage it but also to realize the cost of uncontrolled anger.
You're less likely to get angry if you realize what it's going to cost you. There is always a price tag when you get angry.
Proverbs 29:22 (LB), "A hot tempered man starts fights and gets into all kinds of trouble."
You will never get to the top if you keep blowing your top. When you loose your temper you're the one to lose. You always lose out.
The Bible is very specific about the damage that uncontrolled anger does.
Proverbs 15:18 (TEV), "Hot tempers cause arguments."Proverbs 14:29 (LB), "Anger causes mistakes"
Proverbs 14:17 (TEV), "People with hot tempers do foolish things"
Proverbs 11:29 (LB), "The fool who provokes his family to anger and resentment will finally have nothing worthwhile left." It destroys relationships. If you don't get this in control, it destroys relationships.
Parents, understand that when we motivate our kids with anger, we can get short term results – we put the fear of GOD in them, we get angry and they do it out of fear. But in the long-term relationship, we always lose. Anger always produces other anger back, apathy, and alienation. It strains the relationship.
Just a thought from the front porch…