Spiritual Connection: Controlling Anger
Supplies: 2 balloons, flame (candle, lighter, match), water
When we worship God, we take our eyes off ourselves and place them on Him. However, when we get busy with our lives and forget to spend time worshiping Him, we become more focused on ourselves.
(Blow up a balloon and tie.) When we are focused on ourselves, we tend to get angry easier. Instead of calmly dealing with people who make us upset, we get mad. We can explode with anger. (Place the balloon over the flame. It will pop.)
However, when we take time to worship God and be filled with His word and His Spirit, we find that when we are pushed to become angry, He helps us stay calm. (Pour ¼ cup of water into the other balloon. Not the balloon.) When we are put over the “fire,” we can rely on God’s strength to not lose control and burst with anger. (Hold the balloon over the fire. It will not pop.)
Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. James 1: 19-20