Christian counselors report that about 50 percent of people who go for counseling have issues rooted in anger. We all experience anger at some point in our lives. It’s part of life.
Jesus himself got angry on several occasions. His anger, however, was not rooted in self-interest. Instead, his anger came as a result of the abuse and misuse of the temple of God.
When clearing the temple of the moneychangers and animal-sellers, He showed great emotion in Matthew 21:12-13; Mark 11:15-18; John 2:13-22.
Another occasion is written in Mark 3:5 and anger is mentioned specifically.
And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.
So you see, anger in itself is not always sin.
It is what we do with it that becomes sin. The problem with anger is that when not controlled it easily turns into dangerous emotion. It shatters communication, tears relationships apart, ruins both the joy and health of many, and is always the start of the spirit of bitterness.
This is why it is so important to learn to deal with anger appropriately.
Gratefully, with God’s help, we can learn how to deal with anger. The Word of God contains verses that demonstrate the effects and principles regarding how to handle anger.
Bible Verses about Anger
So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God (James 1:19-20).
The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, and his glory is to overlook a transgression (Proverbs 19:11).
Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, for anger rests in the bosom of fools (Ecclesiastes 7:9)
But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth (Colossians 3:8)
These are some of the few verses in the Bible that talks about anger. God doesn’t want us to stay angry because anger has the potential to lead into sin no matter how small it may seem.
How to Deal with Anger According to the Bible
There are effective things that all Christians need to do in order to be able to deal with anger.
1. Don’t allow anger to linger. Ephesians 4:26 says, be angry, and do not sin: do not let the sun go down on your wrath. We are supposed to deal with anger as soon as possible so that we don’t give the devil a foothold.
2. Study the Bible every day to learn and be reminded of God’s will. The will of God is to put off anger (Colossians 3:8). Understand that will help you do away with anger when it knocks.
3. Pray to God anytime you find yourself tempted to hold onto anger. Ask Him to forgive those who have hurt you and help you let go of any angry feelings you’re holding on to.
God is bigger than our feelings and He has given us spirit-control so we can walk learn how to control anger, live in peace, and experience His perfect love when we need it the most.
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