You hit your thumb with a hammer. Angrily, you curse. “$#!*”
You get a bad grade on an exam. You get pissed at the TA or professor for how bad of a teacher they are.
You are cheated on by your boyfriend. You decide to be angry at all men forever.
You see a child being abused at the grocery store. You angrily want to knock the parent out- maybe do some abusing of your own.
Have you ever seen a snarling dog? When a dog is snarling, it is not actually angry. Dogs don’t get angry. It is protecting itself or its young. It might be scared, or scarred, and feels threatened.
Anger is always a secondary emotion. It is like the check engine light on your dashboard. It tells you something else is wrong. Maybe it is pain, missed expectations, or deep insecurity. Maybe it is compassion, or a desire for justice.
If you go to God and ask Him to help remove your anger, and that’s it, you will be trying to neuter yourself. Instead ask Him to help you look deeper into your soul, work through your emotion, and discover what is really going on in your heart. It is only then, when the doctor has performed surgery, that you can live healthy.
“Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger” Ephesians 4:26 ESV