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Be kind and compassionate
To one another.
Ephesians 4:32
Sometimes, anger is surprising.  I do not often become angry, but recently something happened that made me furious.  I have found it helpful to have a plan of what I will do when I experience the emotion of anger. 
This is my plan:
1. Be silent.
2. Walk away from the person or situation.
3. Go to a private location with my Bible and journal.
4. Read my Bible and write in my journal.
5. Pray (for myself, the other person and for God’s perspective).
6. When I am calm, discuss the situation.
I opened my Bible to read Ephesians 4, looking for the verse, “In your anger, do not sin.”  The verse I found was, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32).  What struck me about this verse is its close proximity to the verses about anger.  We are called to be kind and compassionate even when we are angry.  This is my goal, even though I am not always successful.  
The situation that caused me to be angry was resolved quickly because God helped me to be calm and the other person involved responded to me with kindness when I shared my feelings.
Make every effort to keep the unity of the  Spirit through the bond of peace.  There is one body and one Spirit….  Ephesians 4:4 

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