Thursday, May 10
Proverbs 29:11, “Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.”
“When you do things God’s way, you get God’s results.”
What if there was a way to anger-proof your relationships? To protect them from the irreparable harm that often comes with conflict? God has given us biblical principles that can help protect our relationships from our rage.
A – Affirm the relationship – “I want you to know how much your friendship means to me.”
N – Navigate with “I feel” statements and avoid absolute statements – “I feel hurt when you,” “You never,” or “You always.”
G – Gently communicate – Control your volume.
E – Establish resolve – “How can we work on this together?”
R – Release the person – Choose to forgive them.
Freedom from anger and unforgiveness comes by working through this process in our relationships. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it.
Who do you need to start walking through this process with? Your spouse, a friend, family member, or a coworker? Next time you feel your anger coming on, let it remind you of A-N-G-E-R so that your conversation can bring healing and peace rather than destruction and chaos.
God, thank you for the relationships you have given me. I want your best in those relationships. When I start to get angry, please help me apply the right A.N.G.E.R. to my relationships. Amen.