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Summary: Anger is one of the hardest emotions for Christians .to deal with. We often do not acknowledge we have it .because we feel we are not supposed to have it In the first place. There has to be a better way and beloved there is!

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Everyone has their Pet Peeve.... One of mine is ......telemarketers.

Telemarketers are very resolute ....and resilient sales professionals.

Their job is to get on the phone, ....make cold calls, ....and try and sell .....a product..... or a service.

They do not give up easily..... if you do not pick up the phone, .....they will call you again.

If they encounter your answering machine,...... they may leave a recorded message..... but you can be assured ......they will call again.

If you are registered with the "do not call" service, ....as we have.....chances are ....that you will still receive a call.

I have had a message left on my answering machine ......3 or 4 times a week for almost a year .... that it will be my last chance .....for a lower rate on my credit card.

I recently read ..... if the message on your answering machine..... begins with the tone of a disconnected line ......that most of these calls will cease.

I guess I need to give that...... a try. (Pause)

What gets to you?

Your neighbor's son or daughter...... playing music too loud.

At the family gatherings... a certain relative insists on being the center ....of attention.

You are on time .... and you wish others .....would be ......as courteous.

You are extremely neat with all you do ....and wish the other members of the household ....were as together..... as you are. (Pause)

You feel you have a right.... to be angry ..... So ......you .....become angry.

Yet ....what are you going to do .....with that anger?

Will you stay angry ....until the responsible parties ....acknowledge .....their guilt?

Well....You may wait .....a long time.

Will you stay angry ....until you feel.... you have sufficiently ...Quote.... paid them back?

Well.....Who got...... paid back?

Will you get even ....by sharing their crime .....with others?

Congratulations, ...you have just enlarged .....the problem.

Will you explode at them.... because you cannot take the injustice ....any longer.

Well......Not much .....got solved.

Anger is a subtle .....emotion.

It often is veiled .....behind other emotions ....because ....we are afraid ....to acknowledge them.

Perhaps .... you have been told .....it is wrong ....to get angry.

Maybe you feel justified..... with your anger,.... but do not know ....... what to do ....with it.

(Sarcastic) We certainly.... are not able to confront the person ....who made us angry ...... good heavens,.... no.

We would rather... keep our anger..... than do that.

Most people .....when they are full of anger..... become .... Very passive.

That is safer, ....or so we think.

We still might get even,..... but in more acceptable ways than throwing a chair.... or shouting ....at the top.... of our voice.

We procrastinate, ....show up late, ....lower our performance, ....dress sloppy, ....obstruct progress, .....cut with humor, ....shut off,.... criticize to our understanding friends,.... or use other indirect methods .....of getting even.

At home .....some feel freer ......about exploding.

They treat those they say they love.... With less respect...then they would treat...a stranger.


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