Letting Go of Anger

Letting Go of Anger

Day 1 of 40

You can feel the rage and bitterness building up inside you. You’re angry—and you’re not getting over it. But is holding on to your anger worth the damage it can cause? Read on for daily advice on letting go of your anger.

Day 1:  What Is Anger?

“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.” —Mark Twain

Anger seems to permeate our culture. Husbands are angry with wives. Wives are angry with husbands. Teens are angry with parents. Parents are angry with teens. Employees are angry with bosses. Bosses are angry with employees. People are angry with the government. Many of us are angry with ourselves and our life circumstances.

Charles Stanley defines anger as “a strong feeling of intense displeasure, hostility, or indignation that results from a real or imagined threat, insult, frustration, or injustice toward yourself or others important to you.”1

Although we normally think of anger as an emotion, it is actually an assortment of emotions that involve the body, mind, and will. Anger is a response to circumstances in life that cause us frustration, pain, or displeasure. There are a multitude of situational irritants that have the potential to provoke anger. It’s something we can’t escape. As such, we must learn how to cope with it.

Consider This:

  • What is your personal definition of anger?
  • What painful experiences from your past help keep your current anger alive?

Take Action:

Begin an “emotions” journal. Get a notebook and write out your thoughts and feelings for the day.

  • Footnotes
    1. [1] Dr. Charles Stanley, “Letting Go of Anger Part 1: Are You Angry?” InTouch Ministries, 2013.  

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