Is it wrong to get angry? What does the Bible say about anger? While yes, anger has it’s place, that place is not in your heart. Read below about anger in the scriptures and how you should responsibly deal with anger and angry people in your life.
1. Anger is usually counter-productive. Use your energy more judiciously.
“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.” (James 1:19 – 1:20)
2. Watch your words, they reflect your heart.
“But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.” (Matthew 5:22)
3. Steer clear of anger. It is a slippery slope towards evil deeds.
“Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.” (Psalms 37:8)
4. Be like Christ, the prince of peace.
“And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.” (Exodus 34:6)
5. The only thing wrath and wisdom have in common is their first letter. Just be wise. leave wrath and anger for fools.
“A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.” (Proverbs 15:1)
6. Respond to anger with kindness. Choose not to react to fire with fire.
“But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.” (Luke 6:35)
7. Self-control is more powerful than physical strength.
“He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.” (Proverbs 16:32)
8. Even in anger-God is full of mercy and grace.
“For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” (Psalms 30:5)
9. Angry feelings have a snowball effect. Once ignited, they will take you down fast. Cultivate a soft forgiving heart like Christ’s by exercising kindness.
“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:31 – 4:32)
10. Steer clear of folks with a bad temper. They make unstable colleagues, unreliable friends, unsuitable spouses, and dissatisfied parents.
“Make no friendship with an angry man, and with a furious man thou shalt not go” (Proverbs 22:24)
11. Be careful parents, anger may get you immediate compliance, but you will lose the heart of your child.
“And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4)
12. If you let anger stick around, other angry emotions will creep in and exacerbate the situation. So squash the matter as soon as you can.
“Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:”“Neither give place to the devil.” (Ephesians 4:26)
13. Be quick to forgive, it’s a sign of meekness, not weakness. Remember: The meek shall inherit the earth.
“Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:” (Luke 6:37)
14. Don’t let anger take you over but overcome anger with a kind attitude and kind acts.
“Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:19 – 12:21)
15. Has anger wrought havoc in your life? Done some things in anger you’d rather forget? No sweat. Jesus saves! From anger and anything you need! Ask the Father to forgive you for every act of anger that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind “in the name of Jesus. Amen”
“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 2:1)