He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city. Proverbs 16:32
Controlling anger and emotions is difficult for most people. The first response is always to lash out. However being able to control those emotions through the use of God’s word will help you to grow stronger in Spirit and closer to God. But you must choose to use self-control.
One of the things God commands us to do is to love one another as He loves us. In 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 it tells us that love is long-suffering and not easily provoked. Long suffering means patient endurance. This means in laymen’s terms that we are supposed to put up with A LOT of “stuff”.
Sometimes when people are troubled by something or having a bad day it may cause them to have short tempers, or to be rude. They might be offensive or even start cussing. When someone like this is placed in your path you should see if you can find out what’s wrong. Reach out to them and show them love. Many times they just need to blow off some steam or just need some individual attention. They may just need someone to take the burden off their shoulders so they can have peace.
We should always show the love and forgiveness God has for us by reaching out to them and showing them love and forgiveness. Always feed the word of God, even to the most offensive and also pray for them.
It is also important that as we watch the news, that we do not let the events over run our emotions so much that we become hateful. If you become hateful toward the people doing these evil things, then you will, in effect become as your own enemy, and you will be no better than they are.
We as children of God are to strive to become reflections of Him. God is not a God of hate, but one of forgiveness and compassion. Does that mean you are to like what is happening? NOT AT ALL. But a sorrowful plea filled with compassion will lead to repentance and change. Anger will only beget anger and hatred, ultimately tearing your heart away from God.