There is no doubt that it is hard to control our tempers these days. Lunatic drivers, selfish shoppers, and injustices of all sorts bombard us daily and practically make it impossible to keep our cool. So a good question is: is it better to control our tempers or is it more advantageous to release our anger when provoked? Is it to our advantage to control our temper or is it better to show offenders that they are messing with the wrong person and give them a blast of our anger? What is best for our health? What do the expertssay these days? It seems that releasing our anger is no longer in vogue. Research indicates that displays of anger do no one any good, including us. The message is that when we are angry and lose our temper, blood pressure escalates and that can cause strokes and heart attacks. Anger can kill. From a medical point of view, learning to
control our temper and minimizing our anger is good for our health. What does God have to say? Proverbs 14:30 (AMP) “A calm and undisturbed mind and heart are the life and health of the body, but envy, jealousy, and wrath are like rottenness of the bones.” This proverb was written about 2700 years ago. Its wisdom is just as good today as it was then. What might help us to stay calm under provocation? Reading the Bible daily is a great help. Daily asking God for help in improving our mental disposition and the way we respond to frustrations and unkindness is also beneficial. So learning the art of keeping our cool and not venting our anger can contribute to better health and a longer life. Besides the physical benefits and improved relationships, we also improve our relationship with God and enjoy his blessing! http://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/102011288?q=Wisdom+for+Heart+and+Health&p=par ________________ Reposted column.