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Some of the things that the Bible has to say about Anger!
By John Chopores
Many times, the angry person cannot or will not give a reason for his anger. Cf. Ge 4:6 ∂ So the LORD said to Cain, "Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen?
†He is not willing to listen to logic and exercise self-control. Cf. Gen. 4:7 "If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it."
Will take vengeance, and then try to cover-up his sin. Cf. Ge 4:8 ∂ Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.
†9 ∂ Then the LORD said to Cain, "Where is Abel your brother?" He said, "I do not know. Am I my brother's keeper?"
can cause much family trouble; later in life. In fact, such anger can be a
curse. Cf. Ge 49:7 Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce; And
their wrath, for it is cruel! I will divide them in Jacob And scatter them in
When it is time to be angry; we are not to go too far. Cf. 2Ch 28:9 But a prophet of the LORD was there, whose name was Oded; and he went out before the army that came to Samaria, and said to them: "Look, because the LORD God of your fathers was angry with Judah, He has delivered them into your hand; but you have killed them in a rage that reaches up to heaven.
Being angry too often can kill you! Cf. Job 5:2 For wrath kills a foolish man, And envy slays a simple one.
Ps 37:8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret-it only causes harm.
Angry can even make one wish, for his own death. Cf. Jon 4:9 Then God said to Jonah, "Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?" And he said, "It is right for me to be angry, even to death!"
Jealousy is a cause of much anger; and violence. Cf. Pr For jealousy is a husband's fury; Therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.
Do not be quick to use violence; for that is the foolís way. Cf. Pr ∂ He who is slow to wrath has great understanding, But he who is impulsive exalts folly.
Ec 7:9 Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, For anger rests in the bosom of fools.
Some times, staying calm and not speaking in your anger can help the Situation.† It may even, help calm down the other person. Cf. Pr 15:1 ∂ A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.
Anger has a tendency to build on itself: so take some time to cool down. †Cf. Pr ∂ The beginning of strife is like releasing water; Therefore stop contention before a quarrel starts.
Why not be the better person, and overlook the wrong? Cf. Pr ∂ The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, And his glory is to overlook a transgression.
We are to not hang out with a person, who lets anger rule his life. Cf. Pr ∂ 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.
There are times, when a person does not have a right to be angry! Cf. Mt "But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, 'Raca!' shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, 'You fool!' shall be in danger of hell fire.
Outbursts of anger
are a clear sign that a person is not walking by the Holy Spirit. Cf.
†20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,
Do not hold on to your anger forever. Cf. Eph Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger [RSV]
Anger can get in the way, of our prayers. 1Ti 2:8 I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling; [RSV]
A church leader; must be slow-tempered. Tit 1:7 For a Presiding-Officer, as God's steward, ought to be a man of irreproachable character; not self-willed or quick-tempered, nor addicted to drink or to brawling or to questionable money-making. [TCNT]
The main reason being, that our anger is not in line with Godís righteousness. Cf. Jas ∂ Know this, my beloved brethren. Let every man be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger,
†20 for the anger of man does not work the righteousness of God. [RSV]
Please note that all Bible verses are from the New King James Version; unless otherwise noted.††