Anger is a very real problem, and left unchecked will cause immense harm to both ourselves and others. Take some time to carefully review the message notes and the Bible passages, both printed and referenced. As you do, ask God to help you see what role anger plays in your life.
Which of the 7 reasons for anger can you identify as ones you experience?
As you process this, be specific about what triggers anger in you. Be careful not to fall into the trap of blaming others for your anger. Others may do things that tempt us to anger, but we need to take responsibility for our responses.
*For extra credit – if you can handle the info without reacting defensively, ask a few people that know you at home or work to tell you which ones they see you exhibit.
Now, think about a recent circumstance where you became angry. What was going on that triggered your anger? Remember that anger isn’t a random emotion – it is fueled by how we perceive things around us.
Now, walk through the four steps for handling anger and learning to loosen its grip. If you find that you have trouble with this, enlist a trusted and wise friend to help you work through it.