Definition of rage: violent and uncontrolled anger
As I dug into the dictionary definition of rage what I saw on the screen described me to a T! The screaming, yelling, cursing, throwing objects…you get the drift. How I responded to situations I did not like or when circumstances did not go my way, I became out of control with my attitude and behavior.
What I saw growing up when conflict came or the desired outcome did not happen, I had a parent who threw a fit (and objects!) So I mimicked the behavior that was before me, not realizing there was a better way to resolve conflict and communicate with others.
In essence, I was a grown woman throwing a tantrum.
It didn’t take long after I became a born-again Christian that the Holy Spirit convicted me that raging on others was wrong. And so I stopped. But even though the rage was put away, the yelling was still there.
I needed a better way, a more godly way to deal with the anger that was pulsing through me but I didn’t know how.
Where does one go to seek guidance for this rather embarrassing behavior?
Seeing how I’ve lived this, I thought I’d share with you what helped me put the Rage and Anger Monster in a time out.
The steps I took to walk out of my rage
1. I realized that my rage issue was a sin issue.
I could make an excuse for my strong-willed personality, or the way I was raised, or blame others for my outbursts and the reasons why I said what I said. But just because I felt a certain way didn’t mean I had to act in an ungodly way.
2. I learned to have emotional self-control.
This character trait did not happen overnight! But it was one I was mindful of. I don’t know how many times I had to either leave the room or tell myself to keep my mouth shut.
3. I didn’t want to be known as a contentious woman.
As a new believer, I read about the Contentious Woman and I wanted nothing to do with her. The behavior to contend and fight with others was the old me. Now that I was a new creation in Christ, I had to get my emotions under control and stop with the negative behavior. I wanted to be a woman who was kind, gracious, and forgiving. All attributes I had to develop and embrace even when my flesh was screaming otherwise.
4. I had to find the right kind of tools to help me in my roles.
Yelling at my child does not mean that is the greatest form of parenting them. Just like yelling at my husband doesn’t mean I’m communicating with him well. I had to find better ways to connect to the hearts of those I loved.
Every human being deals with betrayal, disappointment, overwhelm, frustrations, injustices, and triggering situations. Its how we handle these things that matter.
Has responding in rage become your natural default when things don’t go your way?
Get to the heart of the matter. Ask yourself if you are trusting God with your situation.
Are you seeking wisdom for your problems?
Are you turning to prayer?
What helped me was journaling with Jesus. This was my time to vent to Him about all my issues, fears, and frustrations. I also sought forgiveness. By doing this spiritual habit, I came away with more self-awareness (and sin-awareness!) And I became calm and peaceful. Over the years, I also learned what triggered me, which I’ll share with you soon.
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