LISTEN: The Problem of Anger in Your Life, Part 2 (God’s Solutions for Today’s Problems #24 with Daniel Whyte III)

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

We don’t have to look far to see that many people in the world are dealing with a variety of problems and are in need of solutions. No matter what problem you are facing — whether it is emotional, psychological or spiritual — Jesus Christ holds the solution that you need. As we walk together in this podcast, we will address a number of topics that exist in the world and present solutions from the Bible that will help you heal and live life more abundantly. Our aim in this podcast is: (1) to introduce you to our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, the ultimate source of all healing; (2) to provide you with information that will help you to understand the problem; and (3) to help you by providing solutions to your problems.

Our passage from the Word of God today is Ecclesiastes 7:9. It reads, “Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.”

Our quote for today is from Benjamin Franklin. He said, “Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.”

Our problem today is “The Problem of Anger in Your Life” (part 2) from the book, “The Guide to Biblical Counseling” by Dr. Tim Clinton and Dr. Ron Hawkins.

Marcus Aurelius said, “How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.”

Expressions of Anger

Anger always finds an expression. It is often revealed as:

– a response to a person, situation, or event; to an imaginary or anticipated event; or to memories of traumatic or enraging situations.

– a response to a real or perceived injustice or hurt — in the form of frustration, betrayal, deprivation, injustice, exploitation, manipulations, criticism, violence, disapproval, humiliation, intimidation, threats, and so on.

– a response when a boundary in their life has been crossed.

People handle anger by:

Internalization: Sometimes people repress the anger, meaning they deny anger’s presence. This is unhealthy because even though it may not be observable, the anger is still present — turned inward on the person. Repressed anger can lead to numerous emotional and physical problems including depression, anxiety, hypertension, and ulcers.

Or people may suppress their anger, meaning they acknowledge anger and then stuff it. With this approach to coping, they redirect anger-driven energy into unrelated activity. This can be effective, though it neglects addressing the root causes of anger. One risk is that people who suppress may become cynical or passive-aggressive — an indirect form of revenge manifesting as sarcasm, lack of cooperation, gossip, and so on.

Ventilation: Healthy expression of anger entails non-aggressive, gently assertive actions that promote the respect of self and others. This addresses problems in a constructive manner.

Unhealthy/sinful expression involves acting in an aggressive way that hurts others. Whether one yells, uses violence, or withdraws, the motivation involves revenge or “payback.” Persons expressing anger this way might say, “At least you know where I’m coming from!” However, they refuse to acknowledge the destructive force of their expression.

Physical Symptoms: Physical symptoms of anger include headaches, ulcers, stomach cramps, high blood pressure, colitis, and heart conditions.

Emotional Symptoms: Emotional symptoms include criticism, sarcasm, gossip, meanness, impatience, being demanding, withholding love, and refusing to forgive.

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University School of Divinity. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.

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