Sometimes we deny that we are angry. We bury it deep inside ourselves until it begins to manifest in our bodies. Others simply express it with no thought of how it will affect or hurt other people. Still some prefer to just walkaway from the conflict in the hope that it will just go away all by itself. Someday. Others will look for friends or loved ones with whom they can find some sympathy and/or comfort for the hurts that they have experienced or the justice that they deserve. Very few are actually courageous enough to look inside themselves and to ask the hard question, “Why am I angry?” That is the better way to respond to anger.
The answer to that question may reveal some painful truths about our pride or self-righteousness. These may be blind spots that will remain hidden unless God allows circumstances or people to surface the problem. God wants us to learn and grow so that we may be transformed. So accept the incentive from God as a gift. He allowed you to become angry to expose your true self.
Next time you’re angry about something or someone, ask yourself the question, “Why am I angry?” Then listen with all your heart to the answer of the Holy Spirit. That is the better way to respond to anger.