Anger. We all experience it, some more than others. When is it righteous and when is it not? How can we control our anger and not get caught in a maze of rage when things don't go our way?
David Powlison takes a close look at anger to help us understand what it is and why we have it. He exposes three common misconceptions that leave us powerless to overcome anger. Using the illustration of a traffic jam, he probes the assumptions and cravings of the heart behind a typical angry response.
“I couldn’t help it. She made me so mad!” Sound familiar? If you feel helpless to overcome your anger, be encouraged. Because Jesus came to defeat anger's power in your life, you can learn to change. David Powlison offers gospel-based help and hope to show you how. In this practical minibook, he exposes three big lies that keep us trapped in our anger, countering each with strong biblical truth.
What makes you angry? Sometimes it’s small things: traffic jams, a waiter’s mistake, or a friend’s inattention. And sometimes it’s big things: betrayal, injustice, meanness, violence, oppression, selfishness, and lying. How do you deal with your anger? Do you dump it on those around you? Or stuff it deep inside?
Why does it bother me when I hear about “emotional dysregulation”? It’s just a fancy term that identifies emotions that have run amok. That kind of thing happens in life, so why am I so concerned about the words used for it?
Life in a fallen world is painful and broken. As Christians endure hardship and suffering, it is common to feel angry at God in our hearts. Our job as counselors is to help people face the reality of the anger they feel, express it, and repent of it so they can move forward. Listen as Alasdair Groves and Cecelia Bernhardt discuss how to come alongside and help those who struggle in this way.
Three Old Testament people, Nabal, Abigail, and David, face situations that provoke jealousy, fear, and anger (1 Sam. 25), but each of them handles it differently. Anger brings choices for all of us: will we be foolish or wise? Will we respond wisely, in fear of our Lord? When we face the choices that anger brings, we must consider what Christ has done for us, then we can be wise with the wisdom of God.