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10 Things to Stop Doing When You Get Angry
(original author unknown) with biblical principles:
1. Stop speaking. Silence is the number one behavior to practice when you are angry. It shows you’re in control of your anger. Proverbs 16:32 <http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?book_id=24&chapter=16&verse=32&version=9&context=verse> - He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty.
2. Stop Staying. Excuse yourself from the situation until you or the other person is back in control. Proverbs 15:18 - A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.
3. Stop staring. Staring at another person inflames your anger. Look at the floor, the ceiling, or anywhere else.
4. Stop interrupting. This is connected to not speaking. When it’s your turn to speak, they may be willing to listen to you and understand what you are trying to say.
5. Stop yelling. If you yell, chances are they really will not hear you; even if you are right. Ecclesiastes 9:17- The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.
6. Stop sarcasm and stop mocking. This is like pouring gasoline on a fire. Proverbs 15:1 <http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?book_id=24&chapter=15&verse=1&version=9&context=verse> - A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
7. Stop non-affectionate touching. Don’t touch, hold or push anyone else while you are angry. 2 Thessalonians 3:16- Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means.
8. Stop saying things you don’t mean. People will often forgive what you do, but always remember hurtful things you say. James 3:5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! Proverbs 16:24 - Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
9. Stop sighing. Non-verbal expressions of anger including sighing, laughing, or rolling your eyes can hurt or humiliate another person. Proverbs 15:13 A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
10. Stop criticizing. It’s not your role to point out what others are doing wrong. Acts 7:27 But he that did his neighbour wrong thrust him away, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge over us?