Keep Anger Under Control and Build Better Relationships
Searching for Bible verses about anger? You’ve come to the right place! This short study explores key thoughts on what the Bible says about anger.
Is there a time when it’s right to be angry? Is anger a sin? How should I deal with difficult people? How can I keep anger under control? Should I keep friends who generally have a bad attitude towards others?
The following Bible verses on anger answer these questions and more!
Don’t Let Anger Win: Develop the Characteristics of a Loving Spirit
The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy.
— Psalms 145:8
He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.
— Proverbs 16:32
He who is slow to wrath has great understanding, But he who is impulsive exalts folly.
— Proverbs 14:29
Notice the words in bold type in the preceding Bible verses. Such attributes characterize the attitude of a loving spirit. The opposite is true of an angry spirit.
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It’s important to understand that just because one or more of the angry spirit characteristics becomes apparent in your behavior, it doesn’t mean you are an evil person or that there is no hope to ever change your ways.
We all wrestle with anger issues. We have spoken words we wish we didn’t say and behave in ways which make us feel ashamed. But you don’t have to let anger win. It is possible to overcome it.
Working towards developing the habits of a loving spirit is a most rewarding experience. Those wanting to change in this way will receive all the help they need from God to carry out the task if they open their heart to Him.
Carefully read the Bible verses on anger shared in this study: God’s word holds the keys to success in keeping anger under control.
Consider the Consequences of Anger
Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, For anger rests in the bosom of fools.
— Ecclesiastes 7:9
A quick-tempered man acts foolishly…
— Proverbs 14:17a
A fool’s lips enter into contention, And his mouth calls for blows. 7 A fool’s mouth is his destruction, And his lips are the snare of his soul.
— Proverbs 18:6-7
If you want people to change, then give them something positive to aim for. An outburst of anger will only make matters worse.
Beware of Quick-tempered People
Make no friendship with an angry man, And with a furious man do not go, 25 Lest you learn his ways And set a snare for your soul.
— Proverbs 22:24-25
Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”
— 1 Corinthians 15:33
Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.
— Psalms 1:1-2
The Anger of Man Does Not Produce the Righteousness of God
A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.
— Proverbs 15:1
So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; 20 for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
— James 1:19-20
When Anger is Sinful
Be angry, and do not sin. Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still.
— Psalms 4:4
“BE ANGRY, AND DO NOT SIN”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath
— Ephesians 4:26
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret—it only causes harm.
— Psalms 37:8
Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord.
— Romans 12:19
Overcome Anger through Acts of Kindness
If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; 22 For so you will heap coals of fire on his head, And the LORD will reward you.
— Proverbs 25:21-22
Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
— Matthew 5:9