What does anger accomplish? I have had some random thoughts bouncing around in my head for some time on this topic and since I rarely have time to actually think through a whole thought process I will attempt to "think out loud" on the subject. (Hope you like stream of consciousness.)
- anger can be a selfish emotion.
- Jesus was angry in the bible, thus giving us an example of righteous anger. (Mark 3:5)
- anger can be used as a manipulation tool many times to control others behaviour.
- anger doesn't really solve anything
- we are supposed to be slow to anger (Proverbs 16:32)
- the sun isn't supposed to go down on our anger (Ephesians 4:26)
- being angry is exhausting
- is irritation the same as anger
- I don't like it when someone is angry at me (especially if I feel like they are trying to control me)
I guess my overall thought process is trying to decide when it is OK to be angry. I know I don't discipline in anger but I have been angry with my children before. I get irritated at my spouse sometimes but being angry at him really doesn't solve anything except make him dig in his heels and not budge. My children will jump to attention if they hear anger in my voice and heed everything I am saying but I don't want to gain their attention in that manner.
I haven't had anything major happen that is causing this reflection but I have had it on my mind for a couple of days. My concluding thoughts are that I think it can be a dangerous emotion if overused and I think it is very easy to overuse it in this day and age because it is one of the only emotions our world accepts. (How is that for a run on sentence?) Obviously, just from observing Jesus example in the Bible, anger is necessary sometimes but I feel like I have only been righteously angry about 2 times in my life the rest selfishly angry, that is sad.
Just my random thoughts on the subject. What do you think? Did I leave something important out?