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Doctors tell us it is important to get rid of our anger. John Lewis, a labor leader who often spilled out his anger to President Roosevelt, lived vigorously to the age of eighty-one. Roosevelt, on the other hand, who kept his anger inside, live to be only sixty-three. Expressing our anger is important in living a long healthy life, as God's people.

Jesus tells us how to express our anger in our scripture reading, "If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one."

Expressing our anger to someone else is important to our health. It is also important in maintaining a positive relationship with the person we are angry with. However, when we do talk to someone we are angry with, we should not unload on them. Our conversation should be a time of clearing the air and breaking down walls of hurt and separation.

In "Leadership" magazine, there was a cartoon that pictures a minister sitting with two obviously angry church members around a table in the minister's office. The caption reads, "With our current feelings, would anyone object to my praying with my eyes open?" Even a little humor can help our anger.

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