Take a quick look at the following questions:
Are you nervous and jumpy?
Do you struggle with anxiety to such an extent that you sometimes/often have panic attacks?
Are you so shy that you are, in fact, frightened of people?
Do you sometimes/often feel that people suck, and for that matter, so does life?
Do you sometimes/often wonder what it would be like to actually enjoy life?
Do you suffer from guilt?
Do you sometimes/frequently lapse into depression?
Do you sometimes/often have thoughts of committing suicide?
Are you often in a bad mood?
Do you somtimes/often snap people’s noses off at the least provocation?
Have you been known to take out your anger on inanimate objects which don’t behave as they are supposed to?
Have you become so angry with someone that you smashed a physical object because it was a safer alternative to homicide?
Have you gone so far as to physically attack anyone in a fit of rage?
Do you actively dislike many/most people?
Has your anger ever affected your relationships – especially with your close family?
Do you find it difficult to forgive, even for a first offence?
If you have answered ‘yes’ to several of these questions, then you need to consider whether you perhaps have a problem coping with fear and/or anger.
If you do, then I’m sure you are well aware that uncontrolled fear and anger can wreak havoc. You can become so ill that you need to be hospitalised and you can end up on medication. Your relationships can be so disturbed that you alienate family and friends, and, if you are married, can even find yourself in a divorce court.
What is the answer?
Medication? Years of therapy? Anger management classes?
To find a solution to any problem, the most sensible course is to find the root cause and this is what this series of Bible studies attempts to do. Obviously, the approach is from a spiritual standpoint. We will be considering spiritual causes and spiritual solutions.
Without further ado, let’s begin to learn how to
Control and conquer
fear and anger
Therefore put on the full armour of God,
so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground,
and after you have done everything, to stand.
Stand firm then…