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Keep calm and be slow to anger (Proverbs 14:29)

Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding,
    but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.



Among the three siblings, I consider myself as the most hot tempered. When I am annoyed, I am not myself. I throw things out and utter words that even a dog cannot take. I pout all day long and won’t talk to anyone. See how a day could be wasted just because of being mad?

Be angry and do not sin. We are losing a lot of good experience that this world offers when we are always furious. It’s a big help if we exercise anger management.

Based from what I’ve learned back in college, stressed people are more prone to heart diseases compared to those who are relaxed. Isn’t it that when a person is angry, his vital signs increase? There were even incidences that a session in the senate had been put into halt because some senators’ blood pressure shoot up after a hot discussion and debate like Sen Miriam Defensor and Senator Juan Ponce Enrile. Anger and heart diseases go hand in hand. Negative emotions activate the fight or flight response. It triggers stress which leads to physical alterations in the body.

We have to choose on how to react to situations. When we are expecting something and it didn’t happen, accept it and always think positive. Be flexible. As much as possible do not be angry, remain calm for hot temperament cannot change things. In fact it could just worsen the situation. In the state of anger, we are not on our right minds most of the time, that’s why it is never advisable to make decisions during that state. We could hurt the people around us for we tend to pour out and displace on them our fury. This could destroy relationships, break a heart and imply bad impression.

Though we are just humans and we do get angry, put in mind to never commit a sin. Learn the art of controlling your temper. Count from 1 to 10 to let negative emotions subside. Show that Christians do not get easily upset to foolish and petty things. We were given great understanding so we must be slow to anger. When your temper comes rising, close your eyes, inhale then exhale. Chillax man! Ask God to help you control your emotions. One day you’ll master controlling your temper.


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