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I hope your day is filled with joy and laughter. Sometimes the day turns and something, or someone, makes one angry. Aristotle wrote “The man who is angry at the right things and with the right people, and, further, as he should, when he should, and as long as he should, is praised.” In addition, Aristotle argued that anger, as a virtue, has an excess and a deficiency and a mean. Anger can ruin one’s reputation, yet if it is controlled can bring positive change, and in other cases delayed revenge.

Paul writes in Ephesians 4:26 (GNB) If you become angry, do not let your anger lead you into sin, and do not stay angry all day. As anger is a natural phenomenon, it should not cause destruction, and one should not stay angry or seek revenge.

Paul comes with the solution in Ephesians 4:31 & 32 (GNB) Get rid of all bitterness, passion, and anger. No more shouting or insults, no more hateful feelings of any sort. 4:32 Instead, be kind and tender-hearted to one another, and forgive one another, as God has forgiven you through Christ.

When angry, control your emotions, walk away, think through the situation, repair what can be repaired, deal with the root cause, put measures in place to stop the situation from reoccurring. This may even mean punishing someone with reason and reasonably.

Dear Lord, make me control my anger, teach me to stay calm, to look, listen and learn when things spin out of control. Show me what I can change to ensure the same situation does not repeat itself and keep me humble enough to know that revenge is not the right way to go. In Jesus name, Amen.

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