If you don’t work in human services you probably don’t know that October is Domestic Violence Prevention month.
There is a walk in El Centro from the courthouse to the downtown city park at 7th and Main Street. It begins at the courthouse, goes by Center for Family Solutions (“Womenhaven”) on Thursday, October 17th at @4:30 and is about a two block walk.
Right now, some of you men are looking at the top of the website page looking for something else to read. Why is that? It is because men are guilty. (So are women, but this is a men’s message).
I did a Bible study for tweens at AWANA last week at Valley Baptist Church about anger management.
It began in Matthew 26:47 where Jesus was about to be arrested, and I think brother Peter, pulls his sword and lops of the ear of one of the arresting priest’s servants.
To sum it up, Jesus said knock it off knucklehead, the savior puts the ear back and heals it, and allows Himself to be tried, tortured and crucified.
We need to manage our anger. If you don’t, it is a terrible witness, it hurts people you love, and you are leaving a legacy of pain, fear and more anger.
Your sin gets passed down to the next generation and you emotionally traumatized those around you. Anger is a reoccurring theme, and I am glad God manages His anger.
He is “slow to anger and abounding in love.” How are you at anger management? How do you answer your anger? We all get angry, but what do you choose to do with it?
Anger problems begin early in the Bible, where in Genesis, Cain kills his brother Abel. Wow! That is messed up, but you see it again and again, not only in the Word but in our lives.
When we get angry, our cognitive processes often break down, and we break something, or hurt someone. Often it is with our words, but too often it is with our fists or some type of weapon.
If you have a problem, get some help. If you had a problem, show your gratitude for getting help by giving to one of the many ministries out there that are on the front lines repairing families.
Two programs that help the “anger-challenged” in Brawley and the valley are WOVEN (760-344-0411) for women, and Turning Point (760-356-4088) for anyone.
Give them a call; give them a check. In El Centro, there is the Center for Family Solutions (760-353-353-6922).
Since The Desert Review is an on-line newspaper, you may be reading this from Rageon, Rhode Island. If that is the case, you can call the SURE Helpline (760-352-7873) where they can find domestic violence programs in your community.
Domestic violence (DV) continues to affect victims, long after they get away from the abuser. Help is available and we need to prevent DV by educating the kids and community. Let’s increase the peace by managing our emotions or making a call for help. The answer to anger is often in asking for assistance.