Eric Speir

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What Angry Birds Taught Me About Anger

I like the game Angry Birds. It’s really a pointless game about birds throwing themselves at random structures in hopes of tearing them down. What’s not to like, right?

Obviously, I’m just kidding. (Maybe!) In any case, it’s a game that has gone viral around the around. After playing it I learned a few things from it about anger.

  • Angry people (Oops! I mean…birds) are very rarely satisfied.
  • Angry people look for the best way to tear others down.
  • Angry people come in different shapes, sizes and colors.
  • Angry people are always out for revenge.
  • Angry people keep replaying events in their lives rather than forgiving someone.

The Bible talks about anger in Ephesians 4:26 when it says, “In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.”

The good news is that the Apostle Paul lets us know that being angry is not a sin. He simply reminds us that it is how we respond to being angry.

I’ve been known to struggle with responding to anger in the right way. I’ve turned green once or twice and ripped buildings down on an occasion or two. (Just Kidding!) However, over the years I have gotten much better at responding in the right way. The closer I get to Jesus the better I get at responding to anger.

How have you learned to respond to anger?

About Eric

I'm a pastor, writer and serial encourager. I like to help people to grow in their relationship with God. I live outside of Atlanta, GA. I've written a book, Stubborn Faith: 30 Day Devotional Guide For New Growth. It's available for download on Amazon. Feel free to follow me on Twitter at @ericspeir

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5 Replies

  1. Nice to see you back, Eric!
    You hit the nail on the head when you said that angry people are so rarely satified. They’re just venting anger often with no real reason or goal in mind.

    1. Eric

      Thanks Loren!

      It feels good to be back. With a newborn and my schedule I had to move something off of my plate for a while!

      It’s sad how many people struggle with this and don’t even realize it. It takes some reflection on our part to realize it and to take appropriate steps to move forward.

      Thanks,
      Eric

    2. Thanks Loren! It’s nice to be back. With a newborn and my schedule I had to move something off of my plate for a while.

      It’s sad how many people struggle with this. It takes personal reflection and choosing to do the right thing in situations.

      Thanks,
      Eric

  2. Juan Cruz Jr

    I heard it once – or twice – said, when you are right keep silent, when you are wrong apologize. Reason being that a lot of my anger has stemmed from arguments where I wanted to be right instead of just letting it go, since the other person thinks they are right as well. Someone has to concede, I would rather it be me.

    1. That’s some good advice Juan. It’s really hard to keep quiet when you really feel that you are right. I have learned that it also brings discipline and humility in my life when I choose to be quiet.

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