Posted On May 2, 2011

People who fly into a rage always make a bad landing. ~ Will Rogers.

I have to admit; out of the many people I have counseled with addiction, the most common manifestation is anger, but anger affects and effects many people; especially those who are the victim of it. A working definition of anger would be helpful here. Anger is a release of energy into the nervous system, inhibiting clear logic and reasonable thinking. The problem for substance abusers is that their minds are not making rational sense in the first place, since they are either inebriated or under the influence of mind altering matter. People who are not abusing substances may become angry for many reasons; the most common is allowing things to pile up. The Bible does not specifically say anger is bad; actually it says, “Be angry, and sin not: do not let the sun go down on your wrath” (Eph. 4:26), the latter part deals with going to bed angry; which is never good. For those of you who are married, this should speak to your heart. However, anger which is stuffed away for a rainy day is a volcanic eruption waiting to happen.

Anger can surely intensify at the drop of a hat; this speeds up the cardiovascular system, while changing some of the brain’s functions. This is why living with a drunk is like living with someone who is bi-polar; one minute they’re happy, the next they are extremely volatile. This is not a coincidence, but a reaction of the chemical imbalance in the brain. However, even after weeks of treatment in a facility, months of structured group therapy, and living a chemical-free life, the ex-alcoholic still finds himself/herself “flying off the handle,” at the smallest of things. One major reason, in my humble opinion and by witnessing many counselees, there is no transformation of the mind. A person who submits their life to Christ is a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17); therefore, the old person is passed away and the new person lives in Christ (Rom. 6:6). Anger has no hold or authority over the Christian; while true, anger is still a very powerful foe, it is no contender to a peace and content life in Christ. Anger not only affects the brain’s functions and heart rate, but the hormone levels and overall health; so relax—take time to talk—Wind down after work by keeping the TV off. If you’re angry with someone, take it to them. Do not allow anger to turn bad, or into sin, which will only harbor more guilt. And think on this:

“Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world.” 1 Timothy 6:6-7

Stay Healthy in Christ~ Matt

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