BATTLEFIELD: Angry

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Our response to anger can keep us out of danger

If you’ve ever been in any kind of relationship, then you know conflict is going to happen. Friendships, siblings, dating, parents—no matter what kind of relationship you have or how close you are, there’s no getting around conflict. And because of that, we have to find a way to disagree without destroying the relationships we have.

But how do we do that when at the root of almost every reaction to conflict is anger?

Sure anger might be what makes conflict in TV and movies so exciting, but, in real life, it can make us completely unhealthy if we don’t learn to handle it well. King Solomon, considered to be one of the wisest men who ever lived, wrote a book in the Bible full of practical wisdom called Proverbs. And what better place to look for wise ways to handle anger than in a book written by someone known for his wisdom? Solomon’s seemingly simple instructions offer us a practical solution to help keep ourselves from letting our anger become a danger.