Don't Be Angry
Controlling Our Anger
Picture of a volcano or experiment (Put 2 tsp. of baking soda into a balloon. Pour ready, allow the baking soda to fall into the vinegar. The chemical action will cause the air to expand and make the balloon enlarge.)
In your anger, do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. (Ephesians 4:26)
Lately in the news we’ve been hearing a lot about a volcano in Iceland. It’s been erupting and sending out lots of ash that has interfered with airplanes being able to fly.
You know, sometimes we can be a little like a volcano. Sometimes we get angry at something or with someone. And we blow up just like a volcano and say some mean and hateful things. Afterwards, we may feel bad about it, but you can never take back your words. You can say you’re sorry, but the person you screamed at, even if they forgive you, doesn’t forget what you’ve said or screamed!
That’s why it’s really important to learn to control our anger. Anger is something that we do feel at some times. We can’t help but be angry in some situations. BUT, we can help how we act! Maybe you’ve heard someone say, “count to 10 before you do or say anything.” That’s good advice.
The Bible tells us that we shouldn’t let the sun go down while we are angry. In other words, we need to sort out and figure out how to get over our anger in a good way. Maybe we need to speak with the friend who made us angry, or trust that our Mom really does know what is best for us and do what she asks without getting angry and screaming.
It’s OK to feel angry. But it’s not OK to act mean and hateful.