WHY RAGE IS RAGING IN OUR LAND

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4: 23

Outrage seems to be the new buzzword in our country today. Wherever we turn, people are shouting at one another and hurling insult after insult. We see it on the news, in airplanes, and in the public square. What is going on?

Behind all of this outrage is what Jesus called “the spirit of lawlessness.”  To be lawless is to act without restraint. It is to rebel against the laws of God and man. This is exactly what we are seeing in our world today. And it is exactly what the Apostle Paul described in 2 Thessalonians 2: 7; For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work….”

The spirit of lawlessness is rooted in rebellion and often manifests itself in anger and rage. It is spawned by deception and wreaks havoc not only on society but also on the individual operating under its influence.

As the late prophet David Wilkerson pointed out, at the root of the spirit of lawlessness is the lie that God will not punish sin.  Wilkerson further taught that in the last days, the spirit of lawlessness would become rampant as more and more people are deceived by this terrible lie.

Have you not heard the argument that a good God would not send people to Hell? This way of thinking is one manifestation of the spirit of lawlessness at work in a person’s life.

This lie is especially insidious when it infiltrates the Church and perverts the Gospel. Many churches today teach that God’s grace does not require a change in lifestyle once a person accepts Christ. This is blatant deception. Sin has become a bad word. An unmentionable word, lest we offend. But unless a life shows the fruit of conversion, I would seriously question if one has, indeed, been born again. 

Lawlessness generates anger, and anger quickly turns into rage. A few years back, I was driving and came to a red light. While I waited for the light to change, a young man in a truck in the lane to my left jumped out of the passenger side and began screaming obscenities while shaking his fist in the air at the drivers around him. It was a sight frightful to behold. But more than fear, I experienced a deep compassion for this young man who was in the grips of Satan’s deception, and I prayed for him.

“Sin has become a bad word. An unmentionable word, lest we offend.” 

So why is the spirit of lawlessness taking over our land? The Apostle Paul gives us the answer in 2 Thessalonians 2: 10: “because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” 

People embrace lawlessness because they refuse to embrace the truth. The next verse explains what will happen to them because they refuse to embrace the truth: “For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.” 

There it is in a nutshell: Our land is raging with rage because many people have refused to accept the truth of God’s Word and, as a result, their minds are being deceived with Satan’s lies. Unless they repent, they will be condemned to Hell.  

So, what can we, as followers of Jesus, do in the face of rampant rage?

Here are a few tips:

1–Always speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4: 15). Truth without love drives people away. Love without truth drives them farther into sin. Truth combined with love leads people to Christ.

2–Always be a minister of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5: 18). It is to this we have been called as Christ-Followers. Rather than stir up foolish arguments just to prove we are right–arguments that lead to anger and rage–let’s focus instead on pointing people to Jesus Christ so that they can be reconciled to God the Father.  

3–Always stay in God’s Word (Joshua 1: 8). Study it. Meditate on it. Memorize it. When you know the Truth, you will instantly recognize the Lie. When you recognize the Lie, you can renounce it and be free. And then you can lead others to freedom as well. 

Bottom line, the rage problem in our land is a heart problem. And this heart problem can be solved only through the transforming power of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Now, it’s YOUR turn: What suggestions would you offer regarding how to deal with lawlessness and the rage that comes from it? Please comment in the box below.

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DEALING WITH ANGER

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, Your Virtual Life Coach

Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4: 23

Many problems in relationships are caused by unprocessed anger. Anger is that God-given emotion that warns us when an injustice has been committed. Yes, anger is God-given. God Himself tells us to be angry, but not to sin in the process (Ephesians 4:26). Problems with anger arise when our God-given emotions are not handled properly, resulting in misunderstanding, conflict, and, sometimes, even violence. 

Like any emotion, anger has two parts: the feeling and the behavior. While we cannot control the feeling of anger, we can control the behavior that results from the feeling. Most people, however, have never learned how to control their behavior when they are angry.  Instead, they either explode by lashing out verbally and/or physically, or they implode by withdrawing and suppressing their negative feelings. Neither behavior is proper, and both lead to further problems,  emotional as well as physical.

If you are having trouble controlling your anger, here are some suggestions that will help you to do so in a healthful way:

1. Admit that you are angry. Say out loud something like the following: “I am angry about this situation. Now what do I plan to do about it?” This kind of statement helps you to be aware that you are angry and gives you time to think about the action you are going to take.

2. Control your immediate response. The triggering of all emotions involves a stimulus followed by a response. The split second between the stimulus and the response is the moment of choice. It is during that split second that we decide how we are going to respond to the stimulus.

When dealing with anger, decide ahead of time that when a stimulus triggers your anger, you will stop to think before responding to the anger.

Don’t give in to the two most common responses to anger: a) verbal or physical venting or b) the silent treatment. Count to ten, leave the room, or do whatever you have to do to avoid getting out of control. When I feel angry, I usually go off by myself to vent to God and to pray for His help in dealing with the situation that caused my anger. When you wait before responding to anger, you will avoid saying or doing things you will regret later.

3. Determine the cause of your anger. Ask yourself what triggered your anger. Was it a legitimate injustice, or was it an honest mistake? Often people allow themselves to get angry over something that later turns out to be insignificant.                                                                                                  

4. Consider your options. Ask yourself if the response you wish to make to your anger will help or hurt your relationship with the person who has wronged you. The two basic choices you have when facing anger are (a) lovingly confront the person who has wronged you or (b) decide to forget about the matter.

5. Act on the option you have chosen. If you’ve chosen to confront the person who has wronged you, do so in love. Listen to his side of the story. It may totally change your perception of the situation. If the person who has wronged you asks for your forgiveness, forgive him.

If you’ve chosen to forget about the matter, tell God what you’ve decided. Give your anger to God and trust Him to deal with the person who has wronged you in His own time and in His own way.

By implementing these five steps, you can turn your anger into something productive that will not destroy your relationships but actually improve them.

Now, it’s YOUR turn: How do you deal with anger?

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For additional encouragement, check out my podcasts at the following links:

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How to Handle Anger

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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Amy threw the dish across the kitchen, barely missing her husband’s head. Shaking all over, she hated herself for what she’d just done. She’d turned into a monster. What was happening to her? Why couldn’t she control the rage that increasingly tormented her?

angryPerhaps you identify with Amy. Or perhaps you know someone like her. What is going on here? And what can people like Amy, who are controlled by anger, do to get rid of it?

To get rid of anger, we must first understand what it really is. Anger is basically a hostile expression of one’s dissatisfaction with life. Things are not the way we want them, so we respond in anger. Webster defines anger as “a strong feeling of displeasure and usually of antagonism.” 

Anger is aroused by a real or a perceived injury, a feeling that life has treated us unfairly. Often, but not always, a desire for vengeance accompanies anger. The angry person wants to punish the one who hurt him. If that someone is “life in general,” then the angry person will have a consistently negative attitude. Interestingly, anger is sometimes associated with grief, which is the emotion experienced at the loss of someone or something important to us. For example, one may feel anger at the loved one for having died. 

Chronic anger usually has its roots in childhood. Anger can stem from any kind of abuse, injustice, or unmet needs. If one grew up in an angry family, one will often carry those angry response patterns into adulthood.

Scripture has a lot to say about anger. First of all, Scripture tells us that anger is not necessarily a sin (Ephesians 4: 26). Initially, it is only a temptation. It becomes a sin, however, when we give in to it and respond in a negative way. Scripture also commands us never to go to sleep angry because doing so gives Satan a toehold in our lives (Ephesians 4: 26). 

True to its function as our Manual for Life, Scripture gives us ways to handle anger. Here are some of them:

1-Be alert to Satan’s ways of tempting you to be angry. He knows your triggers, so pay attention to those triggers and resist them with the strength of Christ in you. The Bible says this: Be careful—watch out for attacks from Satan, your great enemy. He prowls around like a hungry, roaring lion, looking for some victim to tear apart. Stand firm when he attacks. Trust the Lord; and remember that other Christians all around the world are going through these sufferings too (1 Peter 5: 8-9).

2-Pray for the person who has done you wrong. In my own life, this has been one of the greatest antidotes to anger. As I pray for the person who has wronged me, I begin to feel great compassion for that person and a desire for God to grant him mercy.  The Bible says this: Don’t let evil get the upper hand, but conquer evil by doing good (Romans 12: 21).

3-Leave all vengeance to God. Anger makes us want to punish the one who hurt us. But this is a very dangerous attitude. Scripture commands us to leave all punishment to God. Instead of revenge, ask God to have mercy on the one who hurt you. “Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, ‘I will take revenge; I will pay them back,’ says the LORD” (Romans 12: 19).

Angry young Businessman sitting in the office and screaming on the phone.

If you are struggling with anger, don’t be discouraged. Countless others are struggling, too. But if you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, you have all the power and strength you need to overcome anger.  If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, you will not be able to overcome anger in your own strength. So, accept Jesus Christ now by clicking here

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The Angry Heart

Do you have an angry heart? An angry heart often hides behind other emotions and is sometimes difficult to detect. An angry heart is also one of the most dangerous conditions of the heart because an angry heart, more than any other type, causes physical illness and broken relationships.

What are some of the signs of an angry heart?

  • Depression. This may surprise you, but depressed people are often hiding behind anger. Depression has been called “anger turned inward.” If you are depressed, consider that underneath the depression, you may actually be angry–at someone else, at yourself, or even at God.
  • Guilt. At times, anger can masquerade as guilt. If, for example, a person has done something wrong but refuses to own up to it, he may express this guilt as anger.
  • Resentment.  Resentment is defined as “a lingering ill will towards a person for a real or imagined wrong” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). Such “lingering ill will” provides fuel for the igniting of anger over a period of time.
  • False Expectations. This is, perhaps, one of the biggest causes of anger. When we expect a person with whom we are in relationship to act a certain way or to perform a certain way, we are setting ourselves up for anger. Eliminate unrealistic expectations and you will eliminate anger.

To discover the causes of your anger, learn to become self-aware. Pay attention to what triggers your anger and why. As you analyze your angry behavior, you will be surprised to discover that, often, the real cause of your anger is not related to the situation at hand.  It is related to a past experience, and the current experience in some way triggers the memories of that past experience.

Finally, give your angry heart over to the Lord. Let Him heal the root causes of your anger and show you the truth about it. As He promises in John 8:32, knowing the truth will set you free from the ugly grip of anger.
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