09 Oct The Friday Devotional: Dealing with the anger of others
A Kenyon College, US, speech research unit confirmed through a series of experiments that, when people are yelled at, they almost always yell back.
🎯The research also proved that you can control another person’s tone of voice, depending on the tone you adopt.
🎯If you keep your voice soft, not only will you avoid becoming angry, but most likely you will prevent the other person from getting upset too.
🎯We can also draw lessons from the few times Jesus got angry.
🎯He never became angry over what someone did to Him.
🎯He never retaliated or lashed out at people who wronged Him.
🎯Even as His executioners nailed Him to the cross, He prayed, ‘Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.’
🎯King Solomon, renowned for wisdom, repeatedly advised us to be ‘slow to anger’.
🎯The Bible says, ‘A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.’
🎯Professional firefighters almost never fight fire with fire.
🎯Most times water is a much better tool.
🎯In the same way, a soft reply to an angry comment is like pouring the cool water of calmness on the fire of a hot temper.
🎯Psychologists collaborate that:
💥One of the most important things we can do when someone is angry at us is to stay calm.
💥We may not feel calm in the situation, but we can still act calmly.
💥In any exchange with an overly angry person, there may come a point when you need to disengage from the situation.
💥We also need to be aware of the fact that when people are angry, they can feel the urge to lash out, sometimes physically. If you don’t feel safe, get away from the person.
– TIT with Bob Gas